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The curiae belong to the most important institutions of archaic Rome. The most generally accepted etymology of curiae today is the derivation from *co-viria= ‘association of men’. For the modern dating of its origin it is important to consider that the composite curia is not a general Indo-European term but a term specific to Italy. From this one must conclude that the curiae did not emerge until after the Indo-European language family broke apart. However, the information that the original home of the curiae was on the Palatine (Tac. Ann. 12,24) indicates that …

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Linke, Bernhard (Dresden), “Curiae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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