Literally meaning: “round education”
Origin: Med Greek
Εγκύκλιος Παιδεία/Encyglios Pedia (=round education)
εν/en-(= prefix meaning “in”)
+ παις/pes (=child) (genitive: παιδός/pedos)
The first encyclopedist who gathered facts about phenomena in an orderly and systematic way was Aristotle. The first encyclopedist who wrote his information in his famous work “ the Naturalis Historia” was Roman Gaius Plinius Secundus (23 AD – 79 AD), (or Pliny the Elder) . The etymology of the ”term” derived from word “εγκύκλιος» that was reffered in Ancient Greece to educated people for circular dances.
A person who writes and compiles an encyclopedia (summary of information from either all branches of knowledge).