The Medieval Liberal Arts Curriculum: Astronomy

During the Medieval Period, the study of Astronomy was based primarily on the model of the universe that was defined by Plato. According to Plato, the universe consisted of ten spheres which rotated one inside the other. The study of Astronomy in the Middle Ages consisted of the attempts to ascertain the relationships between planets based on the manner in which they rotated in relationship to one another.

The instruments that were used in the Middle Ages in conjunction with the study of Astronomy included the astrolabe, a map of the stars and the quadrant. These instruments were basically used to tell the time and for surveying purposes.


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