Zirkel (Studentenverbindung)

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A Zirkel is a symbol used in Central European student societies (Studentenverbindungen).

Look and meaning[edit]

A Zirkel consists of interwined lines, mostly followed by an exclamation mark. The lines mostly show the first letters of the name of the Studentenverbindung and / or the letters v,c,f or e,f,v.

Examples:

Meaning of v-c-f:

  • Vivant fratres coniuncti ("the conjunct brothers should live")[1] or
  • Vivat circulus fratrum ("the circle of brothers should live")[1] or
  • Vivat, crescat, floreat ("live, grow, flourish").[2]

Meaning of e-f-v:

  • Ehre, Freiheit, Vaterland ("Honour, Liberty, Fatherland").[2]

The exclamation mark means that the society is still active and alive.[3]

Usage[edit]

The members of the Studentenverbindung use the Zirkel as sign on Couleur or other things e.g. beer glasses etc. If a member signs in affairs of its Studentenverbindung it places the Zirkel after its signature. This use is similar to the use of postnominals in Anglo-Saxon countries.

Examples:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peter Krause: O alte Burschenherrlichkeit - Die Studenten und ihr Brauchtum, Graz, Wien, Köln 1979, page 78, 79
  2. ^ a b Paulgerhard Gladen: Gaudeamus igitur - Die studentischen Verbindungen einst und jetzt, Köln 2001, page 31
  3. ^ nl:Argonaut (studentenvereniging)

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Krause: O alte Burschenherrlichkeit - Die Studenten und ihr Brauchtum, Graz, Wien, Köln 1979 (German), ISBN 3-222-11127-8
  • Peter Krause: O alte Burschenherrlichkeit - Die Studenten und ihr Brauchtum, 5. verb. Auflage, Graz, Wien, Köln 1997 (German), ISBN 3-222-12478-7
  • Paulgerhard Gladen: Gaudeamus igitur - Die studentischen Verbindungen einst und jetzt, Köln 2001 (German) ISBN 3-88059-996-3
  • Edgar Hunger / Curt Meyer: Studentisches Brauchtum, Bonn, Stuttgart 1958 (German)