The quadrivium (plural: quadrivia) comprised the four subjects, or arts, taught in the Renaissance Period, after teaching the trivium?. The word is Latin, meaning "the four ways" (or a "place where four roads meet"), and its use for the four subjects has been attributed to Boethius? or Cassiodorus? in the 6th century. Together, the trivium? and the quadrivium comprised the seven liberal arts (based on thinking skills), as opposed to the practical arts (such as medicine and architecture?).

The quadrivium consisted of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. These followed the preparatory work of the trivium? made up of grammar?, logic, and rhetoric?. In turn, the quadrivium was considered preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy (sometimes called the "liberal art par excellence") and theology?. Quadrivium, Wikipedia (external link)

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Natural Philosophy
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