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I. General points

The Greek word canon (κανών, kanṓn) was probably derived from κάννα (kánna: ‘bulrush reed or rod’), a Semitic loan word in the Greek language. The original meaning of ‘straight reed, stick, rod (in different uses)’ developed into several more specific and technical meanings. As a result, the Greek word canon designates a carpenter's or bricklayer's measuring stick or square, a chronological or astrological table, a monochord i…

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Montanari, Franco (Pisa), Vogt-Spira, Gregor (Greifswald), Rese, Martin (Münster) and Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum), “Canon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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