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Massinissa
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(Lat. M. or Masinissa, Greek Μασανάσσης/Masanássēs (Pol.), Μασαννάσας/Masannásas (inscriptions), Numidian form of the name Massanassa). M. lived c. 230-148 BC (Pol. 36,16); son of Gaia, the eastern Numidian prince of the Massyli (IG XI 4, 1116; 1115 = Syll.3 652: Delos shortly before 167 BC; IDélos 1577; Liv. 24,49,1); brought up in Carthage (App. Lib. 10,37). From 212 BC he was commander of a Numidian cavalry corps in Spain in the service of Hasdrubal [3]. Here he defeated Roman troops at Castulo in 211 BC (App. Lib. 10,37; Liv. 25,32-36). In 208 he operated at Carthago No…

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Meißner, Burkhard (Halle/Saale), “Massinissa”, 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 28 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e725970>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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