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LIBERAL ARTS

Originally the program of studies in the Middle Ages, suited for free men. They had been first proposed by Plato in the Republic (III) and adopted by Christian educators as the foundation for more specialized study in law, medicine, and theology. There were seven liberal arts, divided into the trivium and quadrivium.

See Also: QUADRIVIUM, See Also: TRIVIUM

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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