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Sella curulis
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Folding chair used by Roman magistrates, entirely or partially made of ivory, with curved legs forming an S and without back and arms. The SC is of Etruscan origin and in its function as chariot's and court's chair, it has probably derived its name from the Latin currus ('chariot') (Gell. NA 3,18,4; Fest. 43; Serv. Aen. 11,334). Being a sign of a magistrate's power, it was carried behind the government officials by servi publici ('state slaves') and was set up during their chairmanship in the Senate, in the assembly, during judicial hearings and conscriptions. SC were sat …

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de Libero, Loretana (Hamburg), “Sella curulis”, 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 09 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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