1. (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
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  • What I had described in my interview were the principles of the quadrivium, the ‘four ways’ (the higher part of the traditional seven liberal arts). David Clayton on the Way of Beauty at Thomas More College, New Hampshire
  • B1 is thus the earliest text to identify the set of sciences that became known as the quadrivium in the middle ages and that constitute four of the seven liberal arts. Archytas
  • The revision, which privately repeats music's previous lengthy journey from quadrivium to trivium, is less significant that it might at first appear. The Times Literary Supplement
  • The curriculum of studies in the monastic schools comprised the trivium and quadrivium, that is to say, grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and the theory of music. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock
  • And yet our curricula still reflect the priorities of the 1893 Committee of Ten, if not the shadows of the medieval trivium and quadrivium.
  • In the medieval quadrivium of subjects taught at university, music sat alongside arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. Times, Sunday Times
  • He then progressed to the quadrivium, studying geometry, arithmetic, music and astronomy.
  • At the corner of the quadrivium is the apothecary's shop, in which was a large collection of surgical instruments, mortars, drugs, and pills. Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life
  • After completion of the trivium, medieval pupils graduated to the more challenging ‘quadrivium’ of music, astronomy, geometry, and arithmetic.
  • The trivium and the quadrivium represented the available means of expression.
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