liberal education.

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Chapter 3

A strict course of study originally composed of two main segments with a total of seven parts—the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music) and the trivium (rhetoric, grammar, and logic).

These were the subjects and education suitable to free men (liberi), those who did not need to work for a living but did require knowing how to govern. A liberal education was directed to learning for its own sake; alternatively there was the so-called servile or mechanical education directed to a specific trade or skill, the sort Clerval's father wants him to acquire in order to advance his mercantile skills.

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