I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
—Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories
Gathers Knowledge when garrisoned in a University.
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Scholars are "bought" at the University, where they begin actively collecting information from the moment of their creation. Each scholar in the University normally adds +5 to the amount of Knowledge gathered per minute. They are a necessary part of any civilisation as without them, the civilisation would stay stagnant in the Dark Age, and cannot progress. You cannot buy Knowledge from the market nor trade it with other civilizations, so the scholar is the way to obtain Knowledge (that or building and razing Universities repeatedly, which is neither economic nor convenient).
However, note that the cost of recruiting scholars is extremely high, so you will needs tonnes of bullion just to keep an army of scholars even to upgrade leather-clad spearmen into fully mailed knights, backed by powerful weapons of mass destruction. Nevertheless, the number of upgrades and units produced by scholars means that they will be highly valued and also made a prime target. If playing against the Japanese, always be wary of their ninja which can raze a university before slaying its occupants to impede your opponent's progress.
Ever since the beginning of Man's thirst for knowledge, there have been people who specially devote their time and money to the pursuit of further knowledge. This elite caste of men were, and are still held in high esteem. They are scholars, and form an integral part in the growth of civilisation, as human existence itself cannot continue or flourish without their input.