Comma (rhetoric)

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In Ancient Greek rhetoric a comma (κόμμα) is a short clause, something less than a colon, originally denoted by comma marks. It is shaped as a small swipe at the bottom of the line.

In antiquity comma was defined as a combination of words that has no more than eight syllables.

See also



  • Bruce M. Metzger, Bart D. Ehrman, The Text of the New Testament. Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 45-46.
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