Decempeda

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Decempeda

An ancient Roman unit of length approximately equivalent to 2.96 meters. It was also called a pertica.
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Nigito introduces the family of composer-copyists Tarquinio, Flavio, and Francesco Antonio Lanciani, and illustrates the hands of Giovanni Pertica and Paolo Lisi, all Roman copyists known from a multitude of payment documents from the households of the Colonna, Pamphili, Borghese, and Ottoboni.
At cum maturas fisso nova cortice rimas Nux agit, ad partes pertica saeva venit; Pertica dat plenis inmitia vulnera ramis, Ne possim lapidum verbera sola queri: Poma cadunt mensis non interdicat secundis Et condit lectas parca colona nuces.
Their results arrange the Devonian species such that a clade consisting of the progymnosperm Tetraxylopteris plus the trimerophyte Pertica is the sister group to a clade that includes fernlike plants and the putative equisetophyte Hyenia (Kenrick & Crane, 1997: [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 4:31 OMITTED]).