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ERIC Number: ED152193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1945
Pages: 10
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The Seven Liberal Arts Hoax.
Cowley, W. H.
The so called "seven liberal arts" (grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music) basis of some colleges is criticized in this speech. It is noted that the Greeks had no knowledge of the seven liberal arts, which were also unknown to Romans during their era of domination. The liberal arts did not become seven until the fourth century A.D. but the Christian world did not accept the seven liberal arts until the sixth century, The Trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic) and Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music), the two divisions of the seven liberal arts, did not become important designations until the ninth century. It is concluded that universities did not come into existence until the seven liberal arts were superseded, and upon the establishment of universities the seven liberal arts became secondary studies, although often some of them were not taught. (SPG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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