a Numidian, was son of Mastanabal, grandson of Masinissa, and half-brother to Jugurtha and had been named by his uncle Micipsa as heir to the kingdom, should Adherbal, Hiempsal, and Jugurtha die without issue.
In the Jugurthine thine war he joined the Romans. Sallust represents him as weak alike in body and in mind; and Marius therefore, when (in B. C. 108) he was endeavouring to form a party for himself against Metellus, whom he wished to supersede in the command, had little difficulty in gaining Gauda, to whom Metellus had refused certain marks of honour to which, as king-presumptive, the Numidian conceived himself entitled. (Sal. Jug. 65
; comp. Plut. Mar. 7