Plethron (πλέθρον) is a measurement used in Ancient times, equal to 100 Greek feet (pous/ποῦς). It is roughly the width of a typical athletic running-track, and was used as the standard width and length of a Wrestling square, since wrestling competitions were held on the racing track in early times.

A plethron is given as the size of the wrestling area by Libanius in Orationes Chapter 10.

The plethron continued to be used in the Byzantine Empire and was defined as 100 feet or 40 paces (bema/βῆμα); one square plethron was a stremma. [V.L. Ménage, Review of Speros Vryonis, Jr. "The decline of medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the process of islamization from the eleventh through the fifteenth century", Berkeley, 1971; in "Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies" (University of London) 36:3 (1973), pp. 659-661. [ at JSTOR (subscription required)] ; see also Erich Schilbach, "Byzantinische Metrologie" (referenced but not seen)]


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  • Plethron — Pleth ron, Plethrum Pleth rum, n.; pl. {Plethra}. [NL., fr. Gr. ?.] (Gr. Antiq.) A long measure of 100 Greek, or 101 English, feet; also, a square measure of 10,000 Greek feet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plethron — (gr.), 1) Längenmaß in Athen = 100 Fuß; 2) (Plethrum, Jugerum), von römischen Gegenständen gebraucht = 240 Fuß; als Flächenmaß ein Quadrat von 10,000 Fuß Inhalt, 1/2 des römischen Jugerum …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Pléthron — (griech.), griech. Längenmaß, 100 griechische Fuß, der sechste Teil des Stadion = 30,83 m; als Flächenmaß = 950 qm …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Plethron — Plethron, altgriech. Längenmaß zu 100 Fuß = 30,83 m; Flächenmaß = 9,6 a …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Plethron —   [griechisch »Furche«] das, s/, antike griechische Einheit, als Längeneinheit =1/6 Stadion = 30,83 m; als Flächeneinheit = 10 000 Quadratfuß ≈ 950 m2.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Plethron — Das Plethron war ein altgriechisches Längenmaß und auch Maß für das gleichnamige Ackermaß. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Länge 2 Fläche 3 Siehe auch 4 Literatur …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Plethron — Ple|thron* das; s, <aus gleichbed. gr. pléthron> altgriech. Längenmaß (etwa 29,7 m bis 35,5 m) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • plethron —    an ancient Greek unit of distance equal to 100 Greek feet or 1/6 stadion.    The Greek foot was slightly longer than the English foot, so the plethron was approximately 100 105 English feet or 31 33 meters. Often represented as the length of a …   Dictionary of units of measurement

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