Estienne II, Henri (M)
Henri Estienne II (1528 or 1531-1598) was the most notable of a Parisian family of scholar-printers who later moved to Geneva. In 1578 he published a four volume edition of the works of Plato in Greek and Latin. The Latin translation was a commission from Jean de Serres.
Estienne’s name was Latinised as Henricus Stephanus and as such has been immortalised in the term ‘Stephanus pagination’, which refers to the system of reference and organisation still used in modern versions of Plato based on the layout of his 1578 edition.
He was also responsible in 1555 for the introduction of the chapter and verse divisions of the Latin Bible, which are still in use today.
A comparable referencing system for the works of Aristotle is known as ‘Bekker numbers’, named after the classical philologist August Immanuel Bekker (1785-1871).