A kindly old pedant, Fulcher interlards his history with much discourse on geography, zoology and sacred history.
It is plain that Prodicus was an affected pedant; yet his simple conventional morality found favour, and Plato (Rep. 600 C) couples him with Protagoras in his testimony to the popularity of the sophists and their teaching.
He poses too much as a fine gentleman, and is so anxious not to be taken for a pedant of the vulgar scholastic kind that he falls into the hardly more attractive pedantry of the aesthete and virtuoso.
The whole plan was based upon defective information and preconceived ideas; it has gone down to history as a classical example of bad generalship, and its author Weyrother, who was perhaps nothing worse than a pedant, as a charlatan.
It was the history, the realia of the literature, that always interested him; he did not care for Arabic poetry as such, and the then much praised Hariri seemed to him a grammatical pedant.
Certainly there hangs about him a slight air of the comic pedant.
I hate to sound like an old pedant but this is the normal definition of ' unpredictable ' not ' random ' .
But his practical father took care that he should grow up a prince, not a pedant.
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