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 mono…
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Montanari, Franco (Pisa),
Vogt-Spira, Gregor (Greifswald),
Rese, Martin (Münster) and
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