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The Hekatompedon Inscription And The Definition Of The Stoikhedon Style

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Onians (1999: 36) speaks of the square man, the ideal set forth by Simonides, and the probable system of proportional squares that constituted Polykleitos Canon. Yet the organizational purpose of the stoikhedon style is on this level: to clarify the modular capacity of the Greek writing system, in effect more purely than any sculptural exemplar of the human figure could ever do. This is because the Greek alphabet is already abstract and square in formation; and the stoikhedon style, when consummately achieved for the first time in the grid of the Hekatompedon Inscription, secures the square and makes it visible to all. This chapter turns attention to the very rare epigraphic occurrence of the word στοιχηδόν in a Greek inscription that deserves far closer examination than it has ever received before, especially in respect to the issue of variation in alignment.

Keywords: Greek alphabet; Hekatompedon inscription; Stoikhedon Style



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