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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.
(21) A scholiast (ancient commentator) to this play states that Hera had sent the Sphinx to Thebes as a punishment for the crime of Laius in raping a youth, Chrysippus.
The scholiast ([on lines] 176-177) reports it variously described as golden, white, or purple.
According to Kenrick, Johnson had second thoughts at the last minute "to shelter himself, as it were, under the wing of the bishop of Gloucester" and was persuaded "by his printer prudentially to cancel several annotations, in which he had strongly expressed his dissent from that learned scholiast." (35) But the cancels were hardly sufficient since Warburton himself complained bitterly about his treatment by Johnson:
Most evolutionary biologists are academics, and as such sometimes engage in what Samuel Johnson called "the acrimony of the scholiast." They might be roughly divided into two camps, adaptationists and pluralists.
Before Lobel's edition, all that was known about the text was a composition between the verses cited by Plato in his Gorgias and by the scholiast on Aelius Aristides' treatise To Plato: In defense of oratory.
(15) The scholiast to Aristophanes' Birds 1569 apparently understood the name Laispodias as having sexual connotations:
February 8, 1973 "Re yr comments on the maddening scholiast of Lexington (Guy Davenport, that is)--I too have felt such ire, for that he seems to have contrived not to care abt these matters.
(16) Unfortunately, perhaps the handiest discussion of this distinction comes from an anonymous scholiast of KD 29.