In the Middle Ages, the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
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Other Word Forms of Quadrivium
Origin of Quadrivium
From Medieval Latin quadrivium (“the four mathematical studies"), from Latinquattuor (“four") + via (“road").
Late Latin from Latin place where four roads meetquadri-quadri-viaroadvia
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Quadrivium Sentence Examples
More remarkable still were his methods of teaching the quadrivium.
He was also the author of rhetorical exercises on hackneyed sophistical themes; of a Quadrivium (Arithmetic, Music, Geometry, Astronomy), valuable for the history of music and astronomy in the middle ages; a general sketch of Aristotelian philosophy; a paraphrase of the speeches and letters of Dionysius Areopagita; poems, including an autobiography; and a description of the Augusteum, the column erected by Justinian in the church of St Sophia to commemorate his victories over the Persians.
The influence of Varro's last work on the nine disciplinae, or branches of study, long survived in the seven " liberal arts " recognized by St Augustine and Martianus Capella, and in the trivium and quadrivium of the middle ages.
The subjects in which the medieval universities examined were (i.) those of the trivium and quadrivium in the faculty of arts; (ii.) theology; (iii.) medicine; and (iv.) civil and canon law.
In medieval times obtained after studying the quadrivium; now obtainable by any Cambridge Bachelor of Arts six clear years after matriculation.