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 (no͞o-mĭd′ē-ə, nyo͞o-)
An ancient country of northwest Africa corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria. It was part of the Carthaginian empire before the Punic Wars and became a separate kingdom after 201 bc. Conquered by Rome in 46 bc and invaded by the Vandals in the fifth century ad, Numidia was absorbed by the Umayyad caliphate in the early eighth century.

Nu·mid′i·an adj. & n.


(Placename) an ancient country of N Africa, corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria: flourished until its invasion by Vandals in 429; chief towns were Cirta and Hippo Regius


(nuˈmɪd i ə, nyu-)

an ancient country in N Africa, corresponding roughly to modern Algeria.
Nu•mid′i•an, adj., n.
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Noun1.Numidia - an ancient kingdom (later a Roman province) in North Africa in an area corresponding roughly to present-day AlgeriaNumidia - an ancient kingdom (later a Roman province) in North Africa in an area corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria
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Were one to stroll down Broadway with a Numidian lion at his heels the effect would be somewhat similar to that which I should have produced had I entered Zodanga with Woola.
Created in the 4th century BC, the city was invaded by the Romans in the year 203 BC to become in the year 156 BC capital of the Numidians during the reign of Massinissa, main ally of Rome.
In this fight, where the Egyptians fought the Hittites, the army of Pharaoh Ramses II included units of hired Numidians." (14) Likewise, the Greeks, (15) Macedonians, (16) and Carthaginians (17) all utilized mercenaries.
On the other wing the Numidians had already routed the Roman auxiliary cavalry.
And so, two years after Mahometism Fully Explained, he published a second volume, Mahometism Explained, in which he continued the translation of Rabadan's treatise, but added two more units: one on the ethnography of the modern "Numidians, and other Mahometans: Never treated of in any Language" and the other on "The Case of the Moriscoes, or Spanish Moors." In this second unit, he relied heavily on Geddes, but again, he introduced his two strengths: information gleaned through personal experience and Morisco writings.
The Numidians, such as were of adult age, were put to the sword.
Begun by the Phoenicians in the 10th century B.C.E., this city of 80,000 people was later under the control of the Numidians, followed by the Romans.