The Curia was a square building in the Roman Forum where the lawmakers of Rome gathered. It was the scene of almost all major decisions that led to the rise of the Roman Empire. It still exists today in Italy.

Cu"ri*a (k?"r?-?), n.; pl. Curle (-). [L.]

1. Rom. Antiq. (a)

One of the thirty parts into which the Roman people were divided by Romulus.

(b)

The place of assembly of one of these divisions.

(c)

The place where the meetings of the senate were held; the senate house.

2. Middle Ages

The court of a sovereign or of a feudal lord; also; his residence or his household.

Burrill.

3. Law

Any court of justice.

4.

The Roman See in its temporal aspects, including all the machinery of administration; -- called also curia Romana.

 

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