Not only was Boethius a star in the political world, as we saw yesterday, but he was also a star in the academic world, as Dr. Marcel Brown, the former Program Coordinator for CUA’s Center for Academic Success, points out in the video below.
Earlier, we discussed the liberal arts. Although we use the phrase more generally now to refer to a broad variety of academic subjects, in the medieval European world that was beginning to develop during Boethius’ lifetime, the liberal arts were seven specific academic subjects. Dr. Brown mentions these. These seven liberal arts were divided into the following two groups: A group called the trivium, made up of the three more basic subjects–grammar, rhetoric, and logic–and a group called the quadrivium, made up of the four more advanced subjects–
Interestingly, Dr. Brown says that humility is vital to academic success. In what ways is this true? Have you ever observed this?