the person who stood at the head of a curia,
and had to manage its affairs, especially those of a religious nature (Dionys. A. R. 2.7
; Varro, de L. L.
32, 6.6): in their administration he was assisted by another priest, called
Flamen curialis. (Paul. Diac. p. 64; Dionys. A.
.) As there were
thirty curiae, the number of curiones was likewise thirty, and they formed a
college of priests, which was headed by one of them bearing the title of
(Paul. Diac. p. 126; Liv. 27.8
). In later times he was elected by the
people, but originally probably by co-optation.