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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Definitions for chrestomathy

  1. A collection of selected literary passages.

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Citations for chrestomathy
I had learned to read Sanscrit and to translate easy passages in the chrestomathy, and devoted myself with special zeal to the study of the Latin grammar and prosody. Georg Ebers, The Story of My Life from Childhood to Manhood
This little chrestomathy preserves almost the only words of Atticus to have survived from antiquity. Peter White, Cicero in Letters
Origin of chrestomathy
Chrestomathy literally means "useful to learn" in Greek, from the roots chres- meaning "to use" and math- meaning "to learn."