The higher division of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, composed of geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, and music.
Origin: From quadrivium, from quattuor + via.
the four "liberal arts," arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy; -- so called by the schoolmen. See Trivium
The quadrivium comprised the four subjects, or arts, taught in the Renaissance Period, after teaching the trivium. The word is Latin, meaning "the four ways", 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, as opposed to the practical arts. 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 and theology. The word "trivia" has been rarely used to refer to the trivium.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kwod-riv′i-um, n. the Pythagorean name for the four branches of mathematics—arithmetic, music, geometry, astronomy—when preceded by the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric—together making up the seven liberal arts taught in the schools of the Roman Empire.—adjs. Quadriv′ial, Quadriv′ious. [L., 'the place where four roads meet'—L. quatuor, four, via, a way.]
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The numerical value of quadrivium in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of quadrivium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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