palaiste [Greek, παλαιστή]

In classical times, a unit of distance, in concept the width of the human palm, = 4 daktyloi. link to a chart showing relationships between ancient Greek units of length. An alternative spelling, considered more correct by some, is παλαστή.

Size of the palaiste
Attic 7.4 centimeters
Olympic 8.0 cm
Pergamene 8.3 cm
Aeginetan 8.3 cm

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