Lecture Notes for HST 322 Final

Lecture Notes for HST 322 Final - Plutarch's Lives Gaius...

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Plutarch’s Lives Gaius Marius 157-86 BC Gaius Marius did not have a third name, which is the cause of much controversy within the historian circles. Marius’ appearance reflected his war-faring ideals and love of battle. He came from an undistinguished home. His first experience with war and the art of battle was with the Celtiberians during the reign of Scipio Africanus, who was besieging Numantia at the time. While a tribune he proposed a law that would weaken the power of the nobles in the court system. The proposition fell through and while in the presence of the Senate, Marius ordered the consul Cotta off to prison for opposing the law. The law was soon ratified after that. As a legate in Africa, Marius won over the hearts and minds of soldiers through his hard work and determination, and the sheer fact that he joined in on laborious tasks with the soldiers, stooping to their level and pushing the hierarchical boundaries. His fame spread from Africa to Rome and soldiers backed him up in a proposed consulship. Marius and the consul Metellus became enemies due to an instance where Metellus condemned an innocent man, his friend, to death, and
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2009 for the course HST 322 taught by Professor Dr.ferngren during the Winter '08 term at Oregon State.

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Lecture Notes for HST 322 Final - Plutarch's Lives Gaius...

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