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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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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.
A further problem in assessing Kennedy's stichometry is that it is not entirely clear which thesis or theses are being advanced.
The claim that stichometry confirms that our versions of Plato's texts are in good order, when it needs to assume that they are in good order to begin with, also looks distinctly circular.
Kennedy's application of stichometry to the pseudo-Platonic works, although interesting, does not prove a great deal.
As the Critias is unfinished, and we have no trace of the Hermocrates, the claim might then be that without being able to determine the length of the work, we cannot do the stichometry.
Surely Proclus, who wrote a very detailed commentary on the Timaeus and dealt with the musical aspects in great detail, would have something to say about stichometry and musical structure.

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