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Can you name the seven classical liberal arts (the trivium and quadrivium) of medieval universities?
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Jul 26th, 2011 at 19:21 GMT
I coulda sworn Dark Arts was in there somewhere...
Jul 26th, 2011 at 19:22 GMT
no media studies?
Jul 26th, 2011 at 19:39 GMT
To answer your question, Sporcle, no, I cannot name them.
Jul 26th, 2011 at 19:48 GMT
I could of swore Alchemy would be one.
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Jul 26th, 2011 at 20:31 GMT
No wonder I got none of them. Those are all science, as we reckon it today.
Jul 26th, 2011 at 20:50 GMT
@fraac In some ways, that's what rhetoric is- the study of how to communicate and how others communicate. How arguments are made convincingly and effectively. They were looking at speeches and written works, but it's not fundamentally different from what people analyzing television are doing.
Jul 26th, 2011 at 20:55 GMT
Arithmetic, geometry, music, astronomy. That sounds like a quite enjoyable course of study, sign me up!
Jul 26th, 2011 at 21:53 GMT
Charms, transfiguration, potions...
Jul 27th, 2011 at 01:54 GMT
I WOULD miss the last one in Trivium...
Jul 27th, 2011 at 02:10 GMT
I was so baffled that I just ended up putting in Kyrgyzstan. It's my automatic response now.
Jul 27th, 2011 at 03:35 GMT
5/7! Thanks, Infinite Jest!
Jul 27th, 2011 at 15:21 GMT
I probably shouldn't admit that I'm a college instructor and only got one of these. But I just did.
Jul 27th, 2011 at 17:02 GMT
Ah the good old days! Always makes me smile (as a music student) to see how music was once regarded as a vital course of study alongside maths. It's more important than some people think, sadly, as music gradually gets dropped out of national education systems.
Jul 27th, 2011 at 23:21 GMT
@ Bassoonist- true, though it is worth noting that they weren't training students in playing instruments. For medieval scholars, music was a branch of mathematics (as was astronomy), and they were focusing more on what we would call music theory. Especially things like how pitch worked in relationship to the length of a string, or how tones related to each other to form harmony.
Jul 28th, 2011 at 03:09 GMT
^Which is exactly what modern music students have to learn.
Jul 30th, 2011 at 20:47 GMT
@steel03- The point I believe Guinefort is trying to make is that Medieval scholars ONLY learned about music theory and how it related to math. Most scholars in those day never learned how to play an instrument and couldn't even hold a note to save their lives. Unlike most music classes today (well, at least those in high school and earlier), they concerned themselves with the theory of music and not the practice of it.
Aug 3rd, 2011 at 10:25 GMT
I was going to major in music. But then Ace of Base broke up.
Aug 4th, 2011 at 00:42 GMT
What's really sad to me is how in today's society, mathematics has declined from a liberal art to a technical skill. This limited understanding of mathematics does a disservice, I believe, both to the discipline and to students who are bored out of their minds with the meaningless symbol-chasing presented as "mathematics" in a standard U.S. high school curriculum.
Oct 14th, 2011 at 20:51 GMT
Well I got screwed. arithmetic didn't work.
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 23:50 GMT
I don't think typing in "mathematics" should give us "arithmetic." Arithmetic is one of many branches of math. Also, geometry can also be argued to be math. Great quiz, though! (speaking as a student of logic)
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