The Crisis of Rome: The Jugurthine and Northern Wars and the Rise of Marius

Gareth C Sampson

The Crisis of Rome: The Jugurthine and Northern Wars and the Rise of Marius
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country
United Kingdom
Published
1 November 2020
Pages
288
ISBN
9781526781772

The Crisis of Rome: The Jugurthine and Northern Wars and the Rise of Marius

Gareth C Sampson

In the later 2nd century BC, after a period of rapid expansion and conquest, the Roman Republic found itself in crisis. In North Africa her armies were already bogged down in a long difficult guerrilla war in a harsh environment when invasion by a coalition of Germanic tribes, the Cimbri, Teutones and Ambrones, threatened Italy and Rome itself, inflicting painful defeats on Roman forces in pitched battle. Gaius Marius was the man of the hour. The first war he brought to an end through tactical brilliance, bringing the Numidian King Jugurtha back in chains. Before his ship even returned to Italy, the senate elected Marius to lead the war against the northern invaders. Reorganising and reinvigorating the demoralised Roman legions, he led them to two remarkable victories in the space of months, crushing the Teutones and Ambrones at Aquiae Sextae and the Cimbri at Vercellae. The Roman army emerged from this period of crisis a much leaner and more professional force and the author examines the extent to which the ‘Marian Reforms’ were responsible for this and the extent to which they can be attributed to Marius himself. AUTHOR: Dr Gareth Sampson has a PhD in Ancient History from Manchester University where he taught for a number of years. His first book was Defeat of Rome (Pen & Sword, 2008). He lives in Plymouth.
16 b/w illustrations

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