Gaius Marius

157 BC - 86 BC

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Gaius Marius (Latin: [ˈɡaːiʊs ˈmariʊs]; c. 157 BC – 13 January 86 BC) was a Roman general and statesman. Victor of the Cimbric and Jugurthine wars, he held the office of consul an unprecedented seven times. Rising from a family of poor smallholders in a village called Ceraetae in the district of Arpinum, Marius acquired his initial military experience serving with Scipio Aemilianus at the Siege of Numantia in 134 BC. He won election as tribune of the plebs in 119 BC and passed a law limiting aristocratic interference in elections. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gaius Marius has received more than 2,351,498 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Gaius Marius is the 5th most popular diplomat (down from 4th in 2019), the 160th most popular biography from Italy (up from 164th in 2019) and the most popular Italian Diplomat.

Gaius Marius was most famous for being a Roman general and politician. He was elected consul an unprecedented seven times, and was also the first Roman to become a consul without having previously served as a praetor or curule aedile.

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Among diplomats, Gaius Marius ranks 5 out of 90Before him are Pocahontas, Kofi Annan, John Jay, and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord. After him are Dag Hammarskjöld, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Alexandra Kollontai, Ban Ki-moon, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Raoul Wallenberg, and Lucien Bonaparte.

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Among people born in 157 BC, Gaius Marius ranks 1After him is Sinatruces of Parthia. Among people deceased in 86 BC, Gaius Marius ranks 2Before him is Sima Qian. After him is Jin Midi.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Gaius Marius ranks 160 out of 5,161Before him are Leon Battista Alberti (1404), Cato the Elder (-243), Galba (-3), Pope Leo XI (1535), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), and Pope Clement I (40). After him are Fra Angelico (1400), Sergio Mattarella (1941), Pope Pius VII (1742), Pope Paul V (1552), Carlo Collodi (1826), and Pope Lucius I (200).

Among DIPLOMATS In Italy

Among diplomats born in Italy, Gaius Marius ranks 1After him are Giovanni Villani (1276), Ambrogio Contarini (1429), Filippo Grandi (1957), and Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo (1940).