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Chrestomathy (// kres-TOM-ə-thee; from the Greek words χρήση, χρήστης, usage, user, and mathein, to learn) is a collection of choice literary passages, used especially as an aid in learning a subject.
In philology or in the study of literature, it is a type of reader which presents a sequence of example texts, selected to demonstrate the development of language or literary style. It is different from an anthology because of its didactic purpose.
In computer programming, a program chrestomathy is a collection of similar programs written in various programming languages, for the purpose of demonstrating differences in syntax, semantics and idioms for each language. This term is thought[according to whom?] to have been first used by Eric S. Raymond in the Retrocomputing Museum web site. It is used by analogy to a linguistic chrestomathy.
- Bernhard Dorn, A Chrestomathy of the Pushtu or Afghan language, St. Petersburg: 1847
- Mencken, H. L., A Mencken Chrestomathy, New York: Alfred P. Knopf, 1949
- Zamenhof, L. L., Fundamenta Krestomatio de la Lingvo Esperanto, Paris: Hachette, 1903
- Edward Ullendorff, A Tigrinya Chrestomathy, Stuttgart: Steiner Werlag Wiesbaden GmbH, 1985.
- A list of program chrestomathy sites collated on Rosetta Code
- Bilingual Greek-Latin Grammar, by Georgios Dimitriou, 1785, that contained personal observations, Epistles and Maxims, as well as biographies of notable men.
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