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Stephanus pagination

Volume 1, Page 142 of the 1578 Stephanus edition of Plato, showing the opening of Theaetetus

Stephanus pagination is a system of reference and organization used in modern editions and translations of Plato (and less famously, Plutarch) based on the 1578 edition [1] of Plato's complete works published by Henricus Stephanus (Henri Estienne) in Geneva. Plato's (and Plutarch's) works are divided into numbers, and each number is divided into equal sections: a, b, c, d, and e. This system is often used to reference Plato—for example, Symposium 172a refers to a specific passage of Plato's Symposium. Stephanus numbers refer to page numbers in the various volumes of Estienne's edition of 1578. No Platonic work spans more than one volume so there are no multiple occurrences of the same page number for a single work. Because Estienne published three volumes, however, the numbers need to be used in conjunction with a Platonic title to identify unique text. For example, 172a by itself could refer to a passage in any one of three dialogues, but Symposium 172a refers only to one passage.

More specific citations may add line numbers, e.g. Symposium 209a5–9, but these generally refer to John Burnet's Oxford Classical Text, not to Estienne's line divisions.

The spurious dialogue Halcyon was included in the corpus of Lucian's works and does not have Stephanus numbers.

Bekker numbers are a comparable system for the works of Aristotle.


  • Stephanus numbers 1
    • Volume 1 1.1
    • Volume 2 1.2
    • Volume 3 1.3
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Stephanus numbers

Volume 1

Volume 2

  • (327a–354c) Republica I
  • (357a–383c) Republica II
  • (386a–417b) Republica III
  • (419a–445e) Republica IV
  • (449a–480a) Republica V
  • (484a–511e) Republica VI
  • (514a–541b) Republica VII
  • (543a–569c) Republica VIII
  • (571a–592b) Republica IX
  • (595a–621d) Republica X
  • (624a–650b) Leges I
  • (652a–674c) Leges II
  • (676a–702e) Leges III
  • (704a–724b) Leges IV
  • (726a–747e) Leges V
  • (751a–785b) Leges VI
  • (788a–824a) Leges VII
  • (828a–850c) Leges VIII
  • (853a–882c) Leges IX
  • (884a–910d) Leges X
  • (913a–938c) Leges XI
  • (941a–969d) Leges XII

Volume 3

Volume 3, pages 32–33, of the 1578 Stephanus edition of Plato, showing a passage of Timaeus with the Latin translation and notes of Jean de Serres


  1. ^ Platonis opera quae extant omnia edidit Henricus Stephanus, Genevae, 1578.

External links

  • Explanation for Quoting Plato: Stephanus references
  • Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 – scan of Stephanus' Plato edition from 1578
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