Seminar on the Seven Liberal Arts in the Renaissance

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Friday, January 16, 1987 to Friday, May 1, 1987

This eight-week seminar, led by David Wagner, Northern Illinois University, provided a general survey of the liberal arts during the Renaissance, asking specifically how the Renaissance tradition differs from those of the medieval and modern periods. It was held in conjunction with a series of public lectures, sponsored by Northern Illinois University, given by specialists in each of the arts, covering both the Trivium—grammar, rhetoric, and logic—and the Quadrivium—arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. In the week preceding each lecture, the class examined the medieval background of the next art to be discussed, using as a text The Seven Liberal Arts in the Middle Ages (1983).

See also the individual lectures:

Lecture 1: Arithmetic
Lecture 2: Geometry
Lecture 3: Music
Lecture 4: Astonomy
Lecture 5: Rhetoric
Lecture 6: Grammar
Lecture 7: Logic

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