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The term college (Latin collegium) is semantically complex. In Late Antiquity, it denoted a professional association; generally speaking college means a union of individuals, associations, or other bodies with a common purpose, or the place where such individuals assemble (see Collegium musicum; on Collegium illustre see 3. below). In the late 12th century, the expression was extended to include universities; it denoted the community of teachers and learners …

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Weber, Alexandra, “College”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022385>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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