Juba I

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Juba I

(jo͞o`bə), c.85 B.C.–46 B.C., king of Numidia in N Africa. He joined Pompey's party and in 49 B.C. routed Caesar's legate, Curio. He fought on the side of Metellus ScipioScipio
, ancient Roman family of the Cornelian gens. They were patricians. During the 3d and 2d cent. B.C. they were distinguished by their love of Greek culture and learning.
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 and took his life after Caesar's victory at Thapsus. Despite his defeat, his son, Juba II, d. c.A.D. 20, was educated in Rome and reinstated as king, probably first in Numidia, then in Mauretania (c.25 B.C.). Augustus gave to him in marriage Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Antony and Cleopatra. Highly learned, Juba II wrote lengthy historical and geographical works.