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The division of a prose piece into lines of fixed length or into lines whose lengths correspond to the natural divisions of sense, as in manuscripts written before the adoption of punctuation.

[Greek stikhos, stich; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + -metry.]

stich′o·met′ric (stĭk′ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.


(Poetry) the practice of writing out a prose text in lines that correspond to the sense units and indicate the phrasal rhythms
[C18: from Late Greek stikhometria. See stich, -metry]
stichometric, ˌstichoˈmetrical adj


the practice of expressing the successive ideas in a prose composition in single lines corresponding to natural cadences or sense divisions. — stichometric, stichometrical, adj.
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Among the topics are some thoughts about the diffusion of biblical manuscripts in antiquity, the scribal and textual transmission of the Torah analyzed in light of its sanctity, some thoughts at the close of the Discoveries on the Judaean Desert publication project, the background of the stichometric arrangements of poetry in the Judean Desert scrolls, and reflections on the Septuagint with special attention to the post-Pentateuchal translations.
Some, like Chapter 2, 'Donatist Aids to Bible Study: North African Literary Production in the Fifth Century' are reprinted with a change of name; it was originally published as 'North African Literary Activity: A Cyprian Fragment, the Stichometric Lists and a Donatist Compendium'.
In this paper, I examine some methodological issues in Kennedy's stichometry and cast doubt on whether there is evidence to suppose a 12-part structure to Plato's works or any other basic stichometric claim.
If the stichometric thesis is used to determine the data, that data cannot in turn be used to support the stichometric thesis.
Whatever the answer to that is, the justification should not be 'this is the band width required to make the stichometric thesis work'.
If Plato had no interest in quarter tones, which is certainly my view of the evidence, then any stichometric structure detected at quarter tone intervals is method induced.
This is a remarkable result, as it looks like a nasty counter instance for the stichometric thesis.
What I would expect in the Timaeus, if the stichometric thesis is correct, is that the major and well sign-posted transitions in that work are at significant points.
There needs to be more consideration on how Plato physically wrote if the stichometric thesis is to be plausible.
I am interested in the possibility of a stichometric analysis of Plato and the results that may produce.
Among the topics discussed are aspects of the theological significance of prayers and worship in the Qumran Scrolls, penitential prayer and apocalyptic eschatology in Second Temple Judaism, healing with Psalms, the textual history of the Book of Jeremiah in light of its allusions and implicit quotations in the Qumran Hodayot, the background of the stichometric arrangements of poetry in the Judean Desert Scrolls, and Rebekah's patriarchal prayers.
On the one hand it seems as if the stichometric arrangement of the song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 is not a sufficient reason to suggest that the manuscripts which contain it had some peculiar function: thus 4Q[Deut.