King of the Massylii
Reign 206 BCE
Predecessor Capussa
Successor Masinissa
Father Oezalces

Lacumazes was a king of the ancient Numidian tribe Massylii in 206 BCE.

Biography [ edit ]

He was the youngest son of Oezalces and brother of Capussa. Although still very young, he was put on the throne of the Massylii by Mazaetullus, a numidian chieftain who dethroned and killed Capussa.[1][2] As soon as Masinissa returned to Africa, Lacumazes fled and took refuge in the court of Syphax to ask for help; but before reaching the destination, he was attacked by Massinissa, and narrowly escaped capture. From Syphax he obtained auxiliary troops, with whom he joined his guardian, Mazaetullus, and faced Massinissa, but both armies were defeated. Lacumazes and Mazaetullus escaped and took refuge in the court of Syphax. Massinissa encouraged him to return and he was received at the massylii court with all the honors due to his royal blood.[3]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Camps, Gabriel (1993). "Capussa". Encyclopédie berbère. 12 | Capsa – Cheval. Aix-en-Provence: Edisud. p. 1770.
  2. ^ Fage, J. D.; Oliver, Roland Anthony (1975). The Cambridge History of Africa. vol. 2. Cambridge University Press. p. 180. ISBN 9780521215923.
  3. ^ Smith, Sir William (1846). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 703.

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