Curia (meeting place)

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The Iulia Curia in the Roman Forum

Curia ( Latin ) was originally the name for the gender associations in Rome and for the division of citizens with voting rights in Roman cities. Derived from this, the term Curia also referred to the central meeting place of the associations, and subsequently to a number of buildings of a partly sacred and partly profane character.

The most famous curiae were the Curia Hostilia and its successor, the Curia Iulia , the assembly building of the Roman Senate in the Roman Forum in Rome itself. Other curiae in Rome existed on the Capitol and in the complex of the Pompey Theater , known as the site of the murder of Caesar .