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  • Named for the Greek word kuklos, “circle,” the Klan at first seemed nothing more than an expression of vigilante discontent.

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  • South-east of Euboea are the Cyc'la-des, [Footnote: From the Greek word kuklos, a circle.] a large group that kept guard around the sacred Island of Delos, which is said to have risen unexpectedly out of the sea.

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  • Their number quickly grew, and in meetings that followed, the men selected a name based on the Greek word "kuklos" meaning circle, from which they derived the name Ku Klux.

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  • Named for "kuklos," the Greek word for "circle," the Ku Klux Klan waged war against the Republican Party in the former Confederate states. Main RSS Feed

  • The Greeks used the word kuklos to mean not only circle but, among other things, the vault of heaven, the horizon, the Milky Way, a person’s cheeks, an assembly place, a crowd of people standing around, and the annual cycle of the seasons.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • Always remember, the "kuklos" of the late 1860s wasn't even remotely like the US-flag-waving racist mob on the early 20th century.

    Contemporary News Accounts Undermine GOP Denials on Confederate Statues

  • Actually, the "kuklos" was started in Pulaski, Tennessee, just before Christmas 1865, by six ex-Confederate officers, and was a sort of social club for Confederate officers.

    Contemporary News Accounts Undermine GOP Denials on Confederate Statues

  • It certainly owed its name to the Greek kuklos, a circle (not, as the fanciful theory has it, to the triple click of a rifle being cocked), but there is no evidence either of its existence before 1866, or to suggest that it had its origins in the kind of Southern intelligence network which Atropos described to Flashman.


  • By kuklos, Aristides meant only that the Persians had surrounded the Greek fleet at either end of their mooring stations on the eastern coast of Salamis.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • The two words, Ku Klux, are derived from the Greek work kuklos which means band or circle Petrie, 1993.

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