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In antiquity, the length of prose texts was measured in στίχοι/stíchoi, each line representing a hexameter. In Greek texts a stichos originally had 15 syllables, later 16, as in Latin texts. In manuscripts the subscription at the end of individual books often contains the number of lines (total stichometry) – for example in Papyrus 46 and Codex א (Sinaiticus) of the Pauline letters. Sometimes every 100th stichos is marked with a number in the margin (marginal stichometry), as in Codex B (Vaticanus) of 1–2 Samuel, 1–2 Kings, and Isaiah. Stichomet…

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Lang, Friedrich G., “Stichometry”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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