*Ge/ntios, (or *Genqios--the latter is, according to Schweighäuser, the reading of all the MSS. of Polybius), son of Pleuratus, a king of the Illyrians. contemporary with Perseus, the last king of Macedonia.
He is first mentioned as having incurred the displeasure of the Romans on account of the piracies of his subjects, who infested all the Adriatic, and his answers to their complaints were far from satisfactory. (Liv. 40.42.)
This was as early as B. C. 180; eight years afterwards, when it was seen that matters were clearly tending to a rupture between the Romans and Perseus, fresh complaints were made against Gentius by the people of the Greek city of Issa, who accused him of joining with the king of Macedonia in preparing war against Rome. (Liv. 42.26.) Yet it does not appear that any negotiations had actually taken place between them at this time, and it is certain that Gentius did not openly declare in favour of Perseus until long after. Immediately on the breaking out