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The Masaesyli were a Berber tribe of western Numidia[1] and the main antagonists of the Massylii in eastern Numidia. During the Second Punic War
Second Punic War
the Masaesyli initially supported the Roman Republic
Roman Republic
and were led by Syphax
Syphax
against the Massylii, who were led by Masinissa. After Masinissa
Masinissa
threatened to unite all Numidians
Numidians
in a confederacy against Rome, the Masaesyli turned against Rome and undertook the siege of Carthage. Syphax
Syphax
was defeated, however, and spent the remainder of his days in Roman captivity, while his tribe was assimilated into the kingdom of Masinissa.

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