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The Seven Liberal Arts

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    Lesson 1: Why the Seven Liberal Arts are "Liberal" and "Arts" (Preview Content)
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  2. Lesson 2: Why the Seven Liberal Arts are "Liberating" (Preview Content)
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  3. Lesson 3: The Seven Liberating Arts
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  4. Lesson 4: The History of the Seven Liberal Arts
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  5. Lesson 5: The Trivium Arts
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  6. Lesson 6: The Quadrivium Arts
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  7. Lesson 7: Teaching the Quadrivium Like We Aren't Materialists
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  8. Lesson 8: Discussion of Harmony, Pedagogy and Assessment of the Arts
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  9. Lesson 9: Discussion of the Arts as Liberating Arts
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  10. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: Seven Liberal Arts
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In this introductory lecture, Andrew describes the role of the seven liberal—or “liberating”—arts. Can you identify all seven of the liberal arts in the illustration below? Who (or what) is in the middle?

The image is titled “Philosophy at the Center of the Seven Liberal Arts,” c. 12th century, the Hortus Deliciarum (Garden of Delights). View a translation of the Latin phrases in this illustration here.