Gala (king)

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Gala or Gaia (Berber: ⴳⴰⵢⴰ; died 207 BCE) was an ancient berber king of the Massylii,[1] an eastern Numidian tribe in the Ancient Algeria of North Africa.

Gala reigned during the Second Punic War of ancient Rome. He was the father of King Masinissa,[2] and the brother of Oezalces.[3]

Greco-Roman authors give his name as "Gala", but an inscription in Dougga indicates it may have instead been "Gaia".[4]

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  1. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 24.48
  2. ^ Livius, Titus; Freinsheim, Johann (1815-01-01). The history of Titus Livius, with the entire supplement of J. Freinsheim; tr. into Engl. p. 536. 
  3. ^ Fage, J. D. (1979-02-01). The Cambridge History of Africa. Cambridge University Press. p. 180. ISBN 9780521215923. 
  4. ^ Roller, Duane W (2004). The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene: Royal Scholarship on Rome's African Frontier. Routledge. p. 12. ISBN 9781134402960. Retrieved 15 September 2015.