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The adjective "idiosyncratic," therefore, is hardly appropriate and, aside from the Bible and a series of other texts and chrestomathic compendia, the canonicity of Aristotle's oeuvre seems to me to be among the most important defining features of the intellectual life of at least the middle of Europe's medieval period.
Young, The Idea of a Chrestomathic University: 106).