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listened to. Amid these disputes the year of Curio's tribuneship was coming to its close, and as he had good reason to fear for his own safety, he was induced by despair to quit the city and go to Caesar, who was at Ravenna and consulted him as to what was to be done. Curio urged the necessity of immediately collecting his troops and marching them against Rome. Caesar, however, was still inclined to settle the question in a peaceful manner, and despatched Curio with a message to the senate. But when Domitius Ahenobarbus was actually appointed Caesar's successor, and when the new tribunes, Antony and Q. Cassius, who followed in Curio's footsteps, were commanded by the consuls to quit the senate, and when even their lives were threatened by the partizans of Pompey, the tribunes together with Curio fled in the night following, and went to Caesar at Ravenna. He and his army received them as men persecuted, and treated as enemies for their zeal in upholding the freedom of the republic.
The breaking out of the civil war could now be avoided no longer. Curio collected the troops stationed in Umbria and Etruria, and led them to Caesar, who rewarded him with the province of Sicily and the title of propraetor, b. c. 49. Curio was successful in crushing the party of Pompey in Sicily, and compelled Cato to quit the island. After having effected this, he crossed over to Africa to attack king Juba and the Pompeian general, P. Attius Varus. Curio was at first successful,
but desertion gradually became general in his army, which consisted of only two legions, and when he began to lay siege to Utica, he was attacked by Juba, and fell in the ensuing battle. His troops were dispersed, killed, and taken prisoners, and only a few of them were able to return to Sicily. Africa was thus again in the hands of the Pompeian party.
C. Scribonius Curio had been one of the main instruments in kindling the civil war between Caesar and Pompey. He was a bold man and profligate to the last degree; he squandered his own property as unscrupulously as that of others, and no means were ample enough to satisfy his demands. His want of modesty knew no bounds, and he is a fair specimen of a depraved and profli gate Roman of that time. But he was never theless a man of eminent talent, especially as an orator. This Cicero saw and appreciated, and he never lost the hope of being able to turn the talent of Curio into a proper direction. This cir cumstance and the esteem which Cicero had enter tained for Curio's father, are the only things that can account for his tender attachment to Curio ; and this is one of the many instances of Cicero's amiable character. The first seven letters of the second book of Cicero's " Epistolae ad Familiares " are addressed to him. (Orelli, Onom. Tull. ii. p. 526, &c.; comp. Caes. B. C. ii. 23, &c.; Veil. Pat. ii. 48, 55; Appian, B. C. ii. 23, &c.; Suet. Caes. 29, 36, de Clar. Rhet. 1; Tacit, de Clar. Orat. 37; Liv. Epit. 109, 110; Pint. Caes. 29, &c., Pomp. 58 ; Dion Cass. xl. 60, &c.; Quintil. vi. 3. § 76 ; Schol. Bob. in Argum* ad Cic. Orat. in Clod, et Cur.) [L. S.]
CURITIS, a surname of Juno, which is usually derived from the Sabine word curis, a lance or spear, which according to the ancient notions was the symbol of the imperium and mancipium, and would accordingly designate Juno as the ruling
goddess. (Ov. Fast. ii. 477, vi. 49; Macrob. Sat. i. 9.) Hartung (Die Relic/.der Rom. ii. p. 72) finds in the surname Curitis an allusion to a marriage ceremony, in which some of the bride's hair was either really or symbolically cut off with the curved point of a sword. (Plut. Quaest. Rom. 87 ; Ov. Fast. ii. 560.) [L. S.J
CURIUS. 1. M'. curius, probably a grandson of M'. Curius Dentatus, was tribune of the people in b. c. 199. He and one of his colleagues, M. Fulvius, opposed T. Quinctius Flamininus, who offered himself as a candidate for the consulship, without having held any of the intermediate offices between that of quaestor and consul; but the tribunes yielded to the wishes of the senate. (Liv. xxxii. 7.)
2. M'. curius, is known only through a lawsuit which he had with M. Coponius about an inheritance, shortly before b. c. 91. A Roman citizen, who was anticipating his wife's confinement, made a will to this effect, that if the child should be a son and die before the age of maturity, M'. Curius should succeed to his property. Soon after, the testator died, and his wife did not give birth to a son. M. Coponius, who was the next of kin to the deceased, now came forward, and, appealing to the letter of the will, claimed the property which had been left. Q. Mucius Scaevola undertook to plead the cause of, Coponius, and L, Licinius Crassus spoke for Curius. Crassus succeeded in gaining the inheritance for his client. This trial (Curiana causa], which attracted great attention at the time, on account of the two eminent men who conducted it, is often mentioned by Cicero. (De Orat. i. 39, 56, 57, ii. 6, 32, 54, Brut. 39, 52, 53, 73, 88, pro Caetin. 18, Topic. 10.)
3. M\ curius (is in some editions called M'. Curtius), a friend of Cicero and a relation (conso-brinus) of C. Caelius Caldus. He was quaestor urbanus in b. c. 61, and tribune of the people in 58, when Cicero hoped that Curius would protect him against the machinations of P. Clodius. At a somewhat later time, he is called in a letter of Cicero's addressed to him (ad Fain. xiii. 49) a governor of a Roman province with the title of proconsul, but it is not known of what province he had the administration. The letter above referred to is the only one extant among the ad Familiares which is addressed to him. In the declamation Post Reditum in Senatu (8) Cicero states, that he had been quaestor to Curius's father, whereas it is a well-known fact, that Cicero had been quaestor to Sex. Peducaeus. This contradiction is usually solved by the supposition, that Curius was the adoptive son of Peducaeus. (Cic. ad Fam. ii. 19, ad Quint. Frat. i. 4, pro Place. 13.)
4. M'. curius, one of the most intimate friends of Cicero, who had known him from his childhood, and describes him as one of the kindest of men, always ready to serve his friends, and as a very pattern of politeness (urbanitas). He lived for several years as a negotiator at Patrae in Peloponnesus. At the time when Tiro, Cicero's freedman, was ill at Patrae, b. c. 50 and subsequently, Curius took great care of him. In b. c. 46, Cicero recommended Curius to Serv. Sulpicius, who was then governor of Achaia, and also to Auctus, his successor. The intimacy between Curius and Atticus was still greater than that between Cicero and Curius; and the latter is said to have made a will