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One of the ancient commentators who annotated the classical authors.

[Medieval Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein, to comment on, from Greek skholion, scholium; see scholium.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a medieval annotator, esp of classical texts
[C16: from Late Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein to write a scholium]
ˌscholiˈastic adj
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(ˈskoʊ liˌæst)

1. an ancient commentator on the classics.
2. a person who writes scholia.
[1575–85; < Greek]
scho`li•as′tic, adj.
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an ancient commentator on the classics, especially the writing of marginalia (scholia) on grammatical and interpretive cruxes. — scholiastic, adj.
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Noun1.scholiast - a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author)
glossarist - a scholiast who writes glosses or glossaries
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
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References in classic literature ?
From this it is clear that the two parts need not be of one date -- The first, indeed, is ascribed (Scholiast on Pindar "Nem".
"Well, Blacas, what think you of this?" inquired the king triumphantly, and pausing for a moment from the voluminous scholiast before him.
The tribe of scholiasts prides itself on its super-subtlety, its powers of penetration, its ability to get at an author or into him.
The scholia to both passages name three daughters of Pandareus--Aedon, Cleothera, and Merope--and some scholiasts distinguish between Aedon, who married Zethus, and the parthenoi Cleothera and Merope, who were taken by the storm winds.
Throughout many centuries, kavya has attracted scholiasts and sensitive connoisseurs, professional commentators and critics, poets and dramatists.
This "fundamental criticism" is repeated by many French scholiasts at the end of the sixteenth century, such as Jean de Serres in his commentary accompanying his Latin translation of Plato (1578), or the Hellenist and translator Loys Le Roy who, like Lefevre, produced a commentary on the Politics of Aristotle (Paris, 1568), emphasizing Aristotle's criticisms of Plato in book 2.
The ancient Scholiasts' first suggestion in dealing with Il.
No one present could assure me that this evident borrowing had made its way to the status of necessary footnote among the scholiasts of Eliot's poem.
Shackleton Bailey rejected the possibility (raised by scholiasts) that another historical Damasippus, one Junius Damasippus, was meant.
His many classical sources include Hesiod, Alcman, Pindar, Herodotus, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Menander, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Aratus, Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus, Diodorus Siculus, Tibullus, Strabo, Hyginus, Horace, Diogenes Laertius, Lucian, and Claudian, to name but a few, along with many scholiasts and patristic authors such as the expected Lactantius, Eusebius, Augustine, and Fulgentius.
(27) Syme 1939, 342 once accepted that Terentia was the Licymnia of Odes 2,12, but later (1986, 390) he changed his mind: 'Scholiasts are often bold or silly in their assertions.' Davis, 1975, 70-83 offers a vigorous argument against the identification, but West 1998, 83-86 uses what is known about Maecenas to argue that Horace may well have had Terentia in mind in this poem.