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Gaius Marius

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Definition: General who became consul and was re-elected six times, serving seven terms in all. He made it possible for the poor to become soldiers. (Before, only landowners could join the legions.) He was opposed Sulla, who defeated him in battle and seized the government in a dictatorship.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Gaius Marius: Reforms and the Man
See how the famous general tried to change society and the government.

Marius and Sulla
Read more about the struggle that made Sulla a dictator.

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