By: Tehya Pugh (Italia Tiberia)
What is Gaius’ real name?
 His full name is Gaius Julius Marius.
When and where did he was born
lived and died?
 He was born in Cereatae near Arpino.
 He was married to Julia Caesaris.
 He died on January 13, 86 BC, Rome.
Who was some Gods/Goddesses
Gaius associated with?
 Sulla Felix
 His nephew Julius Caesar
 His wife Julia Caesaris
What are some stories about gaius
 Gaius Marius was born c.157 BCE in Cirrhaeaton, near Arpinium.
He was born into a family which had only recently acquired
equestrian status, but who had political connections with such
influential figures as Scipio Aemilianus and the Metelli. Marius
served under Scipio as quaestor at Numantia in 123 BCE. He was
then elected to a military tribunate in 119 BCE after recieving
notice and praise from Scipio.
 Marius was elected urban praetor in 115 BCE, and, soon after,
married Julia the aunt of Julius Caesar (whom Plutarch claims was
strongly influenced by Marius, p.18). Marius' next career move was
to serve as senior legate to his patron Metellus in the Jugurthine
Wars. According to Plutarch, Marius gained the admiration of the
soldiers in these campaigns for his willingness to enjoy the same
hardships as they did.
 Marius became increasingly disconcerted with Metellus as the
campaign war on, and in 107 BCE returned to Rome and was
elected Consul for the first time. He returned and, with the help of
his quaestor Sulla, captured Jugurtha. At this time, Marius began
the first of his reforms. "Contrary to law and custom he enrolled in
his army poor men with no property qualifications..." (Plutarch,
p.20). Marius addressed the problem of manpower and an
increasing urban poor in one stroke. Many of these urban poor
could be enlisted in the army and equppied by the state, swelling
the Roman legions.
 Marius was elected consul for a second time c. 105 BCE in order to
deal with the threat of a barbarian incursion into Italy. The
barbarians did not immediately attack, and Marius was
consecutively elected to a third, fourth, and fifth consulship when
he finally ended the looming barbarian threat. In addition, Marius
enacted many other reforms during these consulships Marius then
tried to delay Metellus' return from exile, but when he failed he left
for the east to confront Mithradates.
In his absence he was elected to an augurate and reurned. He then was
brought back into command during the Social Wars, where he was
very successful on the northern front. However, when he was not
given supreme command, Marius retired. Later, while Sulla was
fighting Mithradates, Sulspicius had the concilium plebis transfer
command to Marius. Sulla returned, however, and perhaps due to
Marian reforms, the soldiers remained loyal to Sulla who had the
command returned to him and drove Marius out of Rome.
During his dramatic and ardous flight, Marius was allegedly inspired to
continue because of a vision he had. In this vision, Marius saw seven eagles
for his life. He understood this to stand for the seven consulships he would
hold in his life (he had held six to this point). Whether the legend is true or
not, Marius was elected consul for a seventh time in 86 BCE. However, 17
days later his health gave out and he died.
Some more important info
about Gaius Marius?
 He was a Roman General and statesman. He
held the office of consul and unprecendented
seven times during his career. He had a son,
Gaius Marius the Younger.
 He died January 13, 86 BC Rome.
Monuments of Gaius Marius
Statues of Gaius Marius
Painting of Gaius Marius