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schene (plural schenes)
- (historical) An Egyptian or Persian measure of length, varying from thirty-two to sixty stadia.
1786, Mr. Savary, “Letters on Egypt”, in The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature, volume 62, page 440:
- Herodotus has fixed the measure of the schene, in Lower Egypt, at four miles, or a league and a quarter.
1817, Encyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature, volume 15:
- With regard to the extent of this lake, we recur again to the testimonies above cited: Herodotus says, that the circumference of the lake Mœris was 3600 stadia, or sixty schenes, which, says the historian, form the dimensions of the maritime base of Egypt, (seventy-five leagues.)
1917, Charles Francis Horne, The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East, volume 2:
- We embarked, we parted; we were not long in arriving at the north of Coptos, the distance of a schene.