The king of Mauretania, he originally was an ally of Jugurtha during the Jugurthine War, but he later joined the Romans.
Before the Jugurthine War, Bocchus “knew nothing of the Roman people save their name and was in turn unknown to us before that time either in peace or in war” (BJ 19). He had married a daughter of
Jugurtha, though that did not do much to strengthen the ties between the Numidians and the Moors. Jugurtha convinced him to join his side through lavish gifts and promises. After Jugurtha lost the city of Capsa, he bribed Bocchus into marching into Numidia by promising him a third of Numidia, if the Romans were driven from Africa or if the war ended without any loss of territory.
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