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Quadrivʹium

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The four higher subjects of scholastic philosophy up to the twelfth century. It embraced music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy. The quadrivium was the “fourfold way” to knowledge; the triʹvium (q.v.) the “threefold way” to eloquence; both together comprehended the seven arts or sciences. The seven arts or sciences. The seven arts are enumerated in the following hexameter:—

“Lingua, Tropus, Ratio. Numerus, Tonus, Angulus, Astra.”

And in the two following:—


Gram. loquitur, Dia. vera docet, Rhet. verba colorat.

Mus. cadit, Ar. numerat, Geo. ponderat, Ast. colit astra.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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