(Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus)d. 91 BC
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Metellus was a political rival of Marius, and his family eventually became allied with Sulla.
Metellus was named consul in 109 B
. to taken command of the Jugurthine War. Although Metellus was
an able commander, he was most well known for refusing Jugurtha's gold, since Jugurtha had managed
to secure and maintain his position through his notorious bribery of other Roman Nobles, including
Bestia, the predecessor of Metellus. Marius served with great distinction under Metellus, and
eventually replaced him as commander. When he returned to Rome in 107 B
., Metellus was greeted
with a triumph. He was well respected and was elected censor in 102 B
. He intended to run for
consul against Marius two years later, but was instead driven into exile by the treachery of Marius
and the populist demagogues Saturnius and Glacius.
The Metellus family produced many Roman statesman, usually of strong republican sympathies.
The son of Metellus Numidicus was Metellus Pius, who fought against Sertorius in Spain. Metellus
Scipio was a colleague of Cato the Younger as Utica. Other members of the Metellus gens appear
elsewhere in Roman History from the Punic Wars to the Imperial Age.
Key events during the life of Metellus:
||Elected Consul and given charge of the war against Jugurtha in Numidia.
||Returns from Africa and receives a great triumph.
||Driven from Rome by the treachery of Marius, Saturnius and Glacius.
||Renowned general. Modernized legions. Waged a bloody feud with party of Sulla.
|Saturnius and Glaucia
||Populist tribunes who helped Marius get elected consul for the sixth time.
||Numedian king, flagrantly bribed senate to maintain power. Enemy of Rome.