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THE LIBERAL ARTS

In the Classical Tradition, liberal arts meant something very different from how the term is used today. In Latin, liber means free and artis means art.  Together it meant the free man (not a class laborer, but often a member of the Greek or Roman aristocracy), had the luxury of studying the seven arts that enabled him to become a maker or creator, using language and mathematics.  The seven arts are grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.  These arts cultivated the man's humanity, doing what only human beings can do: write, read, speak, narrate, versify, argue, reason, persuade, measure, calculate, estimate, and predict.  In so doing, the man was prepared for any vocation or profession.  As Classical educators, we embrace these arts; they are the backbone of what we do, (in other words, our course of study), as educators and learners.  In this section, you will find resources to guide you along your journey.