Definition:Pythagoreans/Quadrivium

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Definition

The quadrivium was the medieval name of the required course of study of the Pythagoreans, which had been adopted by the educational establishments in Europe.

The required bodies of knowledge were divided into discrete and continuous:

Thus:

Arithmetic: study of the absolute discrete
Music: study of the relative discrete
Geometry: study of the stable continuous
Astronomy: study of the moving continuous.


Also see

Definition:Trivium


Linguistic Note

The word quadrivium is a Latin word meaning the four ways, or place where four roads meet (that is, literally: crossroads).


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