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Gaius Marius

Roman General and Consul Gaius Marius

Profession: Roman General and Consul

Nationality:
Roman Empire
Roman

Why Famous: A Roman general and statesman who held the office of consul an unprecedented seven times during his career. His life and career were significant in Rome's transformation from Republic to Empire. He was also noted for his important reforms of Roman armies and for defeating the invading Germanic tribes.

Birthplace: Arpinum, Italy

Died: January 13, 86 BC

Historical Events

  • 0101-07-30 BC Battle of Vercellae: Roman army under Gaius Marius defeats the Cimbri in Cisalpine Gaul, ending the Celto-Germanic threat on Italy's border with over 100,000 Cimbri killed
  • 0104-01-01 Triumphal procession for the Roman General Gaius Marius with the defeated Numidian King Jugurtha led in chains though Rome

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