(from the Greek
, useful, and mathein
, to know) is a collection of choice literary passages, used especially as an aid in learning a foreign language.
In philology or in the study of literature, it is a type of reader or anthology which presents a sequence of example texts, selected to demonstrate the development of language or literary style.
- Bernhard Dorn, A Chrestomathy of the Pushtu or Afghan language, St. Petersburg: 1847