← 665 666 667 →
Cardinalsix hundred sixty-six
(six hundred sixty-sixth)
Factorization2 × 32 × 37
Divisors1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 18, 37, 74, 111, 222, 333, 666
Greek numeralΧΞϚ´
Roman numeralDCLXVI
Greek prefixἑξακόσιοι ἑξήκοντα ἕξ
hexakósioi hexēkonta héx
Latin prefixsescenti sexaginta sex
Chinese numeralafnan
Devanagari numeral६६६

666 (six hundred [and] sixty-six) is the natural number following 665 and preceding 667.

In Christianity, 666 is referred to in (most manuscripts of) chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation of the New Testament as the "number of the beast."[1][2][3]

In mathematics

666 is the sum of the first thirty-six natural numbers, which makes it a triangular number:[4]


Since 36 is also triangular, 666 is a doubly triangular number.[5] Also, 36 = 15 + 21 where 15 and 21 are triangular as well, whose squares (152 = 225 and 212 = 441) add to 666 and have a difference of 216 = 6 × 6 × 6.

The number of integers which are relatively prime to 666 is also 216, ;[6] and for an angle measured in degrees, (where here is the golden ratio).[7][8][a]

666 is also the sum of the squares of the first seven primes (22 + 32 + 52 + 72 + 112 + 132 + 172),[7][10] while the number of twin primes less than 66 + 666 is 666.[11]

A prime reciprocal magic square based on in decimal has a magic constant of 666. The twelfth pair of twin primes is (149, 151),[12] with 151 the thirty-sixth prime number.[b]

666 is a Smith number and Harshad number in base ten.[13][14] The 27th indexed unique prime in decimal features a "666" in the middle of its sequence of digits.[15][c]

The Roman numeral for 666, DCLXVI, has exactly one occurrence of all symbols whose value is less than 1000 in decreasing order (D = 500, C = 100, L = 50, X = 10, V = 5, I = 1).[7]

In religion

Number of the beast

666 is often associated with the devil, who is illustrated here in an engraved interpretation by Gustave Doré.

Main article: Number of the beast

In the Textus Receptus manuscripts of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation (13:17–18) cryptically asserts 666 to be "the man's number" or "the number of a man" (depending on how the text is translated) associated with the Beast, an antagonistic creature that appears briefly about two-thirds into the apocalyptic vision. Some manuscripts[which?] of the original Koine Greek use the symbols χξϛ chi xi stigma (or χξϝ with a digamma), while other manuscripts spell out the number in words.[16]

In modern popular culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternatively, the devil. Earnest references to the number occur both among apocalypticist Christian groups and in explicitly anti-Christian subcultures. References in contemporary Western art or literature are, more likely than not, intentional references to the Beast symbolism. Such popular references are therefore too numerous to list.

It is common to see the symbolic role of the integer 666 transferred to the numerical digit sequence 6-6-6. Some people take the Satanic associations of 666 so seriously that they actively avoid things related to 666 or the digits 6-6-6. This is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

The Number of the Beast is cited as 616 in some early biblical manuscripts, the earliest known instance being in Papyrus 115.[17][18]

Other occurrences

In other fields

A 666 float in a Paris street parade

See also


  1. ^ Other relevant trigonometric equalities include:[9]
    • sin(6°) − sin(66°) = sin(666°),
    • cos(6°) − cos(66°) = cos(666°), and
    • tan(666°) × tan(216) = −1.
    Where, sin(666°) = cos(216)° =φ/2, also equivalently −cos(36°).
  2. ^ 149 and 151 also generate a twin-prime sum equal to 300, which is the 24th triangular number.
  3. ^ It is the number 11110...109877666779011...011111 (241 digits long), with an equal amount of digits (119) that precede and follow a central 666 string (that also contains all sixes in the number). It is the twenty-seventh indexed member within the sequence of unique primes (where 33 = 27).


  1. ^ Revelation 13
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