biographical name \j-ˈgər-thə\

Definition of JUGURTHA

ca 160–104 b.c. king of Numidia (118–105 b.c. )

Variants of JUGURTHA

Ju·gur·tha or Iu·gur·tha \y-\


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born c. 160 BC—died 104, Rome) Ruler of the North African kingdom of Numidia under the Romans (118–105 BC). After the death of his uncle Micipsa, then ruler of Numidia, Jugurtha shared rule with his two cousins. He had one killed and captured the capital city of the other. Rome intervened with troops, which Jugurtha successfully outwitted until he was captured in 105 BC. See also Gaius Marius; Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix.


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