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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.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a medieval annotator, esp of classical texts
[C16: from Late Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein to write a scholium]
ˌscholiˈastic adj


(ˈskoʊ liˌæst)

1. an ancient commentator on the classics.
2. a person who writes scholia.
[1575–85; < Greek]
scho`li•as′tic, adj.


an ancient commentator on the classics, especially the writing of marginalia (scholia) on grammatical and interpretive cruxes. — scholiastic, adj.
See also: Literature
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
References in classic literature ?
inquired the king triumphantly, and pausing for a moment from the voluminous scholiast before him.
The scholiast was also apparently confused by how the dog was able to recognize his disguised master: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]; In this context, he speculated that the dog must have used olfaction ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
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.
Most evolutionary biologists are academics, and as such sometimes engage in what Samuel Johnson called "the acrimony of the scholiast.
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.
The scholiast suggests that Atrei means Argiui, where the name Atreus metonymically denotes all Argives.
15) The scholiast to Aristophanes' Birds 1569 apparently understood the name Laispodias as having sexual connotations:
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.
According to an ancient scholiast they were clashing over the relative military values of bie--violent force, and metis--cunning tricks and strategy.
The scholiast compares Penelope's use of the proverb in Odyssey 16.