Full Name: Gaius Marius Dates: c.157–January 13, 86 B.C. Birthplace: Arpinum, in Latium Occupation: Military leader, Statesman
Neither from the city of Rome, nor a pedigreed patrician, Arpinum-born Marius still managed to be elected consul a record-breaking seven times, marry into the family of Julius Caesar, and reform the army. [See Table of Roman Consuls.] Marius' name is also inextricably linked with Sulla and the wars, both civil and international, at the end of the Roman Republican period.