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Bocchus I


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King of Mauretania and father‐in‐law or son‐in‐law of Jugurtha. His offer of alliance, early in the Jugurthine War, was rejected by Rome. He later joined Jugurtha, receiving western Numidia as his price. With Jugurtha, he twice nearly defeated Marius, but was finally induced by Sulla to surrender Jugurtha. He became a ‘friend of the Roman People’ and retained part of Numidia. The surrender of Jugurtha to Sulla, with whom Bocchus maintained a close connection, was depicted on Sulla's signet ring, to Marius' irritation, and in a controversial group of statues dedicated by Bocchus on the Capitol in 91 bc.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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