7. Q. Curius
, a Roman senator, who had once held the office of quaestor, came forward in B. C. 64 as a candidate for the consulship; but he not merely lost his election, but, being a man of a bad character and a notorious gambler, he was even ejected from the senate.
He was a friend of Catiline, and an accomplice in his conspiracy; but he betrayed the secret to his mistress Fulvia, through whom it became known to Cicero. Whether he perished during the suppression of the conspiracy, or survived it, is uncertain.
In the latter case, he may have been the same as the Curius mentioned by Appian (App. BC 5.137
), who was in Bithynia with Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus, and attempted to betray him, for which he paid with his life. *kou/rios
(Cic. de Petit. Cons. 3, in Tog. Cand.
p. 426, and Ascon. in Tog. Cand,
p. 95, ed. Orelli; Cic. Att. 1.1
; Sallust, Catil.
17, 23, 26; Appian, App. BC 2.3