Curia at Augusta Raurica

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James Blake Wiener
published on 27 November 2018

The Roman curia was the town hall of Augusta Raurica. This was where the town council consisting of 100 councillors or "decuriones" held its meetings with the "duoviri," the two mayors. The town councillors were held in high regard -- and in turn, funded the construction of expensive municipal buildings and games such as theatre plays and gladiatorial combats for the public to enjoy. The earliest curia at Augusta Raurica had two stories. The bottom floor contained a large room, the curia basement. It was probably used as a treasury or a jail cell. The upper floor was accessible from the basilica. It contained the timber-built council hall. The basement was subsequently filled in and the council hall was built in stone above it. Its remains are still visible today.

About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, November 27). Curia at Augusta Raurica. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "Curia at Augusta Raurica." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 27, 2018.

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Wiener, James B. "Curia at Augusta Raurica." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 27 Nov 2018. Web. 19 Apr 2019.

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