quadrivium

[kwo-driv-ee-uhm]
noun, plural quadrivia [kwo-driv-ee-uh] .
(during the Middle Ages) the more advanced division of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
Compare trivium.


Origin:
1795–1805; < Late Latin, special use of Latin quadrivium place where four ways meet; see quadri-, via, -ium

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quadrivium (kwɒˈdrɪvɪəm)
 
n , pl -ia
Compare trivium (in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music
 
[from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads, meeting of four ways, from quadri- + via way]

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The studies of the medieval university were based upon the trivium and quadrivium.
The seven volumes comprise seven subjects almost identical with those of the trivium and quadrivium of scholasticism.
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