The Essential Preparation For Life And Career

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Ancient and medieval authors believed that the seven liberal arts were propaedeutic to the study of all topics and matters. Their belief remains evident in our school systems, as many universities and colleges focus on providing a liberal arts education. In fact, the Dedman College at Southern Methodist University mentions the importance of a liberal arts education in their mission statement, as it is the “essential preparation for life and career”. The understanding of the seven liberal arts inspires a broader and more focused study of materials often discussed in classes. Five of the seven liberal arts can be directly applied to the study of Rural Matters. An understanding of geometry, arithmetic, and astronomy is essential in gaining a deeper capacity for Rural Matters. Through Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies, we gain the understanding that without logic and grammar we would not be able to appropriately discuss rural matters. Isidore of Seville begins book seventeen of Etymologies, as he normally does, with the author and creator of the topic at hand. Isidore of Seville acknowledges the uncertainty of the creator by listing the different possibilities. According to the Greeks, Hesiod of Boeotia was the first to make skill in writing on rural matters a part of the liberal education. According to the Romans, Cato was the first to treat agriculture, Marcus Terence was the first to refine its study and Vergil exalted it with the skill of his poetry (PAGE). Isidore explains
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