curule chair


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curule chair

n.
A seat with heavy curved legs and no back, reserved for the use of the highest officials in ancient Rome. Also called curule seat.

curule chair

n
(Historical Terms) an upholstered folding seat with curved legs used by the highest civil officials of ancient Rome

cu′rule chair`


n.
(in ancient Rome) a folding seat with curved legs, used as a chair of state by higher magistrates.
[1775–85]
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One series of copper tetradrachms issued by Kujula display an obverse bust closely modeled on that of Emperor Augustus, with a curule chair on the reverse.
Boureau argues that they were used in the investiture ceremony because their shape could be seen as an echo of the folding curule chairs which were a symbol of the power of consuls and praetors, but as they also echo a commode, they invited scurrilous parodies, including the fiction of the verification ceremony.