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Macomades was a Carthaginian and Roman city in North Africa. It was located near present-day Merkeb-Talha, Algeria.


Macomades was established as an inland Punic trading post under the name MQM? (Punic: ?,[1] "Place"). It was about 64 kilometers (40 mi) from Cirta.[1] It issued its own bronze coins with an Egyptian-style god's head obverse and a reverse bearing either a hog and galloping horse or a disk in a crescent, a symbol of the Punic goddess Tanit.[1]

It was a town in the Roman province of Numidia.

It was overrun by the Umayyad Caliphate during the 7th-century Muslim invasion.


No later than AD256, the town was the seat of a Christian bishop. The diocese was in abeyance after the Muslim conquest of the region until it was restored by the Roman Catholic Church in 1933 as a titular bishopric (diocesis Macomadensis).[2]

List of bishops

See also



  1. ^ a b c Head & al. (1911), p. 886.
  2. ^ 1.


  • Head, Barclay; et al. (1911), "Numidia", Historia Numorum (2nd ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 884-887.
  • Huss, Werner (1990), Der Karthager, Munich: C.H. Beck.

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