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CU´RIO 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, 65; Varro, de L. L. 5.15, 32, 6.6): in their administration he was assisted by another priest, called Flamen curialis. (Paul. Diac. p. 64; Dionys. A. R. 2.21, 64.) 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 curio maximus (Paul. Diac. p. 126; Liv. 27.8). In later times he was elected by the people, but originally probably by co-optation.

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