Oval black basalt medallion with relief profile portrait of Marius facing left (157 BC-86 BC) Gaius Marius was a Roman general and statesman. Holding office of consul and unprecedented seven times during his career. Also noted for his important reforms of Roman armies, authorizing recruitment of landless citizens and reorganizing the structure of legions into separare cohorts. Marius defeated the invading Germani tribes for which he was called "the third founder of Rome." His life and career were significant in the transformation of Rome from Republic to Empire.

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About 1775