Degrees in Arts. In the mediæval ages the full course consisted
of the three subjects which constituted the Trivium and the four
subjects which constituted the Quadrivium:
The Trivium was grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
The Quadrivium was music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy.
The Master of Arts was the person qualified to teach or be the master
of students in arts; as the Doctor was the person qualified to teach
theology, law, or medicine.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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