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(στάδιον; stádion).

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[1] Unit of length

(Doric σπάδιον/spádion). Greek unit of length equal to 6 pléthra ( pléthron ; cf. Hdt. 2,149,3) or 600 pous (foot). Depending on the underlying standard of the foot (pous), this corresponds to a length of c. 162-210 m; the Attic stadion is equal to 186 m. The stadion for the race at Olympia had a length of 192.3 m, at Delphi 177.3 m, at Epidaurus 181.3 m, and at Athens 184.3 m. 8 stadia correspond approximately to 1 Roman mile (mille passus) of 1500 m.

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Schulzki, Heinz-Joachim (Mannheim), Decker, Wolfgang (Cologne) and Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Stadion”, 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 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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