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Artes liberales
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A. Concept

Artes liberales (AL) is the expression that became canonical in late antiquity for a curriculum of educational subjects, the study of which befitted the rank of a freeman. Cassiod. Inst. 2 praef. 3-4 and Isid. Orig. 1,4,2 no longer understand this derivation; they derive liberalis from liber, book. Essentially, it involves adopting the Greek ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία ( enkyklios paideia ) [1. 366-375; 2. 3-18]. For the time being there was no set name [3. 196-206]. T…

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Christes, Johannes (Berlin), “Artes liberales”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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