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160-104 BC; grandson of  Massinissa, son of  Mastanabal, who with  Micipsa and  Gulussa was joint ruler of Numidia. Brought up in the ways of war by Micipsa, in 134 BC he was sent to  Numantia as commander of the Numidian archers, slingers and elephants. Owing to his military achievements he enjoyed great popularity and had personal relations with the Roman elite, esp. with  Cornelius [I 70] Scipio Africanus; he learned the Latin language (Sall. Iug. 5,4-9,1; 101,6; App. Hisp. 387). At the personal recommendation of Scipio he was adopted by Mici…

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Meißner, Burkhard (Halle/Saale), “Iugurtha”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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