The council of the urban elite that ran municipal affairs. Each curia chose new members, called decurions, or curiales. They were inevitably composed of wealthier citizens drawn from the local senate, because their duties were burdensome. They had to maintain all public services, including such services that one might have expected the central government to shoulder (e.g., the horses and mules for the imperial post). They were also responsible for maintaining the public infrastructure, and for the collection of taxes. It is this latter burden that was particularly onerous, for if collected taxes were insufficient the curia was expected to make up the difference from its members, which could impoverish them. This was one of the reasons Anastasios I (q.v.) relieved urban councils of collecting the annona (q.v.). Curias declined in the sixth century, but they were officially abolished only during the reign of Leo VI (q.v.).

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