Medieval History Term of the Week: Quadrivium and Trivium

Quadrivium
[kwo-driv-ee-uhm]
Etymology: Late Latin, from Latin, crossroads, from quadri- + via way

Arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music; the scientific subjects in the seven liberal arts. (Lynch, Joseph H. The Medieval Church: A Brief History, 364)

Trivium
[triv-ee-uhm]
Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Latin, meeting of three ways, crossroads

Grammar, rhetoric and logic, the literary components of the seven liberal arts. (Lynch, Joseph H. The Medieval Church: A Brief History, 365)

Petrus Paulus Vergerius (1370-1444) was a teacher at Florence, Bologna, and Padua. In his treatise on education, he discusses the medieval quadrivium and trivium.

*term definitions retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (http://www.netserf.org/Glossary)

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