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A Classical Education

If you have a university education (or know someone who has), you should be at least slightly familiar with the following authorities and course of study, which has been in place since medieval times. Courses in beer and mayhem are supplementary.
Cambridge Professors

In the Faculty of the Arts

The principal authority is always Aristotle on...

Logical or Rational Philosophy: Organon, Categories, On Interpretation, Analytics, etc.

Moral Philosophy: Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Poetics

Natural Philosophy, or Natural History: Physical Discourse, On the Heavens, On the Soul, On Parts of Animals, Meteorologics,, etc.

The Seven Liberal Arts

Grammar: Priscian, Donatus, Villedieu, Cassiodorus, and some pagan and early Christian writers.

Rhetoric: Quintillian, Cicero, Eberhard de Bethune

Logic: Porphyry, Gilbert de la Porť, Hispanus

Arithmetic: John of Holywood, John of Pisa

Geometry: Euclid, BoŽthius

Music: BoŽthius, Jehan de Muris of Paris (Ars novae musicae, 1319), Plato's Timaeus, Aristoxenos

Astronomy:Gerard de Cremona

In the Faculty of Law

The principal Latin authorities are:
In civil law
Corpus Juris Civilis, the Code, the Pandects (a digest), the Institutes, the Novellae

In canon (church) law
Gratian, Bartholomew, Pope Gregory IX, Pope Boniface VIII, Constitutiones Clementiae

In the Faculty of Theology

The Bible, Peter Lombard, Church Fathers, and great doctors of the church such as Origen, Augustine, and Aquinas

In the Faculty of Medicine

Hippocrates, Galen, Arabic and Jewish medical texts, Theodore of Lucca, Lanfranci, Chauliac

Some specialized authorities

Isidore of Seville: Etymologiae (On Language) and Sententiae (Maxims)

Rabanus Maurus, On the Universe and On the Instruction of the Clergy

(Emperor) Frederick II, The Falcon Book

Gordanus Rufus, On Horse Healing

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MaggiRos
28 March 2008 mps