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Coordinates: 36°15′57″N 2°17′50″E / 36.26583°N 2.29722°E / 36.26583; 2.29722

Mauretania et Numidia.jpg
Map showing Zuccabar just south of Caesarea of Mauretania
Zuccabar is located in Algeria
Shown within Algeria
RegionAïn Defla Province
Coordinates36°15′57″N 2°17′50″E / 36.265833°N 2.297222°E / 36.265833; 2.297222

Zuccabar or Zucchabar was an ancient town in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis. It is located in present-day Miliana, Algeria.


Zuccabar was constituted as a Roman colony (Colonia Iulia Augusta Zucchabar) under the Emperor Augustus.

Indeed, actual Miliana corresponds[1][2] to the town of Punic origin known in Roman times as "Zucchabar" (or even "Succhabar"). Under Augustus, it was given the rank of colonia and was thus referred to as Colonia Iulia Augusta Zucchabar.[3] The Greek form of the name used by the geographer Ptolemy was Ζουχάββαρι (Zuchabbari).[4] Pliny the Elder calls it "the colony of Augusta, also called Succabar",[5] and Ammianus Marcellinus gives it the name Sugabarri or (in adjectival form) Sugabarritanum.[6][7][8]

Zuccabar belonged to the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis[1][2][5] and was located 70 km south of the capital Caesarea, with a population of nearly 5,000 inhabitants (mostly romanised berbers).

Zucchabar became a Christian episcopal see in the fourth century. The names of two of its Catholic bishops and one Donatist are recorded:[9]

The bishopric is included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[10] In late antiquity it was an episcopal see that has been "born again" as a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church since 1967.

Miliana was (re)founded in the 10th century by Buluggin ibn Ziri on the site of the ancient Roman city of Zuccabar (or "Succhabar").


In the movie Gladiator by Ridley Scott, Zucchabar is fictitiously introduced as the name of a Roman province, when Maximus is brought south of his homeland Hispania into an arid and desert land, after having been enslaved by merchants.[11] It is also in this province that he meets Proximo.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b (Bamberg), Huß, Werner. "Succhabar".
  2. ^ a b Miliana ville historique Archived March 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Zucchabar: a Pleiades place resource". Pleiades: a gazetteer of past places. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  4. ^ Ptolemy, Book 4, chapter 2 (page 95 in the translation by Edward Luther Stevenson (New York, 1932)) Archived March 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Pliny, Natural Histories, book 5, chapter 1
  6. ^ Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman History, XXIX, V, 25 and 20
  7. ^ Jan den Boeft, Jan Willem Drijvers, Daniël den Hengst, Hans Teitler (editors), Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus XXIX (Brill 2013 ISBN 978-90-0426787-9), p. 179
  8. ^ George Sale, George Psalmanazar, Archibald Bower, George Shelvocke, John Campbell, John Swinton An Universal History, from the Earliest Account of Time (T. Osborne 1748), p. 313
  9. ^ Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 371
  10. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 1013
  11. ^ Meyer, Stephen C. (2016). "Narrative and Interpretation". Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle. Taylor & Francis. p. 70. ISBN 9781317425878.
  12. ^ Clarke, James (April 24, 2012). Virgin Film: Ridley Scott. Random House. p. 184. ISBN 9780753547083.
  13. ^ Winkler, Martin M. (December 18, 2012). The Fall of the Roman Empire: Film and History. John Wiley & Sons. p. 122. ISBN 9781118589816.


  • Lawless, R. Mauretania Caesartiensis: archeological and geographical survey. Durham University. Durham, 1969 Zuccabar
  • Lepelley, Claude. Rome et l'intégration de l'Empire, 44 av. J.-C. – 260 ap., T. 2, « Approches régionales du Haut-Empire romain », Nouvelles Clio, 1998
  • Prevost, Virginie. Les dernières communautés chrétiennes autochthones d'Afrique du Nord". Armand Colin ed. (p. 461-483)
  • Smith Reid, James. The Municipalities of the Roman Empire The University of Michigan Press. Chicago, 1913

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