A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

Κομητᾶς Σχολαστικός, (Cod. Vat. pp. 130, 457), or CHARTULA'RIUS (Χαρτουλάριος, record-keeper, ib. p. 458), is the author of six epigrams in the Greek Anthology. (Brunck, Anal. iii. pp. 15, 16; Jacobs. iii. pp. 236, 237), and of a paraphrase of part of the 11th chapter of John's Gospel, in fifty-seven hexameter verses. (Jacobs, Paralip. e Cod. Vat. 213, xiii. p. 747.) From some of his epigrams (4, 5, 6) we learn, that he produced a new recension of the Homeric poems, in which he reformed the punctuation. His time is very doubtful. Villoison (Proleg. in Hom. p. lix.) identifies him with the Cometas who was appointed by Bardas public professor of grammar at Constantinople in the reign of Michael III., A. D. 856. Jacobs, however, thinks that there are indications of his having lived later, in some marginal notes on his poems in the Vatican MS. (Jacobs, Anthol. Graec. xiii. p. 873.) These notes are by no means complimentary. Respecting the title of Chartularius, see Du Cange, Gloss. Med. et Inf. Graec. s. v. p. 1735.

Clemens Alexandrinus mentions Cometas, a Cretan, among the commentators on Homer. (Strom. i. p. 331.)