The trivia are three lower artes liberales, i.e. grammar, logic and rhetoric. these were the topics of basic education, foundational to the quadrivia of higher education, and hence the material of basic education and an important building block for all undergraduates. the word trivia was also used to describe a place where three roads met in ancient rome. while the term is now obsolescent, in ancient times, it was appropriated to mean something very new.