“The Trivium” is a rigorous and utterly delightful presentation of the three areas that form the basis for all learning: logic, grammar, and rhetoric. Sister Miriam Joseph Rauh, a professor of English at St. Mary’s College for thirty years, helps you see the unity and harmony of these three areas as she gives you solid and easily-grasped explanations of even their most abstruse elements: not just general grammar, but also propositions, syllogisms, enthymemes, fallacies, poetics, figurative language, and metrical discourse! Attractively laid out to maximize clarity, this book is also packed with lively examples, exercises, and illustrations drawn from the works of Shakespeare, Milton, Plato, and others. The examples are so rich that they’re a literary education in themselves.
In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, students studied and mastered language in the integrated way taught by this book. Modern education, by contrast, suffers from separating the parts from the vision of the whole. That’s why Sister Miriam Joseph designed and taught an introductory course on the classical trivium: to help students “acquire mastery over the tools of learning.” This book is the fruit of that course.
Among the many things you’ll learn in The Trivium:
In today’s age of media manipulation, the precision and clarity of thought that this book gives you is essential to help you and your kids discern the truth behind all the bias and puffery of the daily news. Indispensable for homeschoolers, The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric is a terrific resource for students, teachers, and anyone — no matter what your job or state in life — who wants to become a better writer, speaker, and listener.
“A highly recommended and welcome contribution to any serious and dedicated writer’s reference collection.” – Midwest Book Review
“If you are serious about classical education, The Trivium deserves a place on your
bookshelf.” — Martha Robinson, Homeschool Christian
“Whoever owns this book owns a treasure.” — Eva Brann, St. John’s College
“Is the trivium, then, sufficient education for life? Properly taught, I believe that it should be.” — Dorothy Sayers
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