Monster Essays - Gaius Marius: Savior.. or Destroyer?
Gaius Marius: Savior.. or Destroyer?
Gaius Marius was the Janus-faced savior of Rome. On one hand his
sweeping military reforms intensified Rome's might at a crucial time,
during the Jugurthine war, saving Rome from the steady advance of their
Italian enemies. On the other, his no-frills military-minded personality
drove him to push those away who could not socially accept this lower-upper
class equestrian novus homo. He proved himself a most capable military
leader, inspiring his troops by sharing their toils and personally leading
them into battle; he vanquished Rome's ....