Early Middle Ages

Lecture 1. Education and Math in the Medieval Europe

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Lecture 1. Education and Math in the Medieval Europe

Boethius (480-524) noble Roman, Christian philosopher, “last of the Romans and the first of Scholastics

Magister officiorum (head of government and court services) of Theodoric, king of Italy and of Goths, who later imprisoned and executed Boethius in charges of conspiracy

Consolation of Philosophy philosophical treatise composed in jail: on Weal of fortune, evil and death, etc., one of the most popular and influential works of the Middle Ages

Translated many books from Greek to Latin: philosophy (Aristotle, Plato), Math (“Arithmeticof Nicomachus, geometry books, etc.) were textbooks for quadrivium in the Middle Ages.

Cassiodorus (485-585) Roman statesman and writer, was Magister officiorum after Boethius

Established a system of monastery education (School at Vivarium) based on 7 Liberal Arts

Through Early Middle Ages, schools at some monasteries and cathedrals were the only centers to get a minimal education based on Trivium and aimed for religious needs. There existed only a few places in Europe to get a higher education based on Quadrivium.

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