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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Inc; Reissue edition (1 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967967503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967967509
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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""The Trivium"is a highly recommended and welcome contribution to any serious and dedicated writer's reference collection.""Midwest Book Review""

"The Trivium is a highly recommended and welcome contribution to any serious and dedicated writer's reference collection."--Midwest Book Review



-The Trivium is a highly recommended and welcome contribution to any serious and dedicated writer's reference collection.---Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Sister Miriam Joseph (1898-1982) earned her doctorate from Columbia University. A member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Sister Miriam was professor of English at Saint Mary's College from 1931 to 1960. She was also the author of Shakespeare's Use of the Arts of Language and many articles on Shakespeare and on the trivium.


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Every parent should read this
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This is an amazing book. So clear and well written.
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The Trivium itself - the arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric - does form the basis of a true education. As for this book in particular, while those already familiar with the Trivium may find it useful to deepen and expand their understanding, I do not believe that beginners will find it suitable. I personally found it to be too dense and too dry, particularly as it introduced too many concepts in too quick a succession without sufficient examples or explanations.

This is a shame, as it may put off people from learning the Trivium, which is as special as it is important.
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Why is the material in this book not in our schools?

Everybody should read this book and then delve deeper into logic, rhetoric and grammar before they even think about learning anything. As a teacher, I am appalled that nobody has mentioned the trivium as a method to help children learn.

The material is dense and I had to look up many terms but it is worth sticking with. The whole point of the trivium is to make all learning more effective and with such a valuable reward, you have to put in the effort.

I cannot recommend this book enough.
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There's a certain mystical waffle in the publisher's blurb above - the 'three branches of language' are not 'thought, expression and reality' (reality? that should set alarm bells ringing!) but grammar, logic, and rhetoric. If you're still keen, the book you want (title: Trivium) was out from Wooden (part of Bloomsbury) last year and is a thing of beauty
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This book is the record of something very interesting - an attempt, in the modern age, to create a general education on classical principles. And the book itself practices what it preaches; its prose is elegant, its exposition clear and for the intellectually curious it contains great rewards. It has quirks - it presents a medieval view of God's place in philosophy, and the presentation of the scientific method seems remote from anything a modern practitioner would recognise. But those topics are not what you read a book like this for. The real value comes from its presentation of the underlying principles of the classical philosophers, the medieval scholastics and the renaissance humanists. A deep, wise and challenging read.
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I found this book to be a very in-depth treatment of the subject matter. I was expecting something less technical and more readable though. Whilst brilliant, for me it gets lost in grammatical jargon and Aristotlean list-building and structuring. Like I said, good because that's what is sets out to do. However, it leans towards a text book format.
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This book is a gem. If you got to this book you have come to the right place. It will last you a lifetime and you won't look back. Really helped with learning latin and philosophy too.
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