Author and longtime Cobb County resident Marc Hyden recently released “Gaius Marius: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Saviour,” which was internationally published in the United Kingdom and the United States by Pen and Sword Military. The book is a historical biography about one of Rome’s greatest and rarely lauded men — Gaius Marius.

Marius was one of the most remarkable and significant figures of the late Roman Republic. At a time when power tended to be restricted to a clique of influential families, he rose from relatively humble origins to attain the top office of consul. He even went on to hold the post an unprecedented seven times. His political career flourished but was primarily built on military success.

First serving in the Numantine War in Spain, he later rose to high command and brought a long-running war in North Africa to a successful conclusion, bringing the Numidian King Jurgurtha back in chains. His return was timely as northern barbarian tribes threatened Italy and had previously defeated several Roman armies. Marius reformed and retrained the Republic’s forces and decisively defeated the invaders that had easily overpowered his predecessors.

Marius’ subsequent career was primarily that of an elder statesman, but it was dominated by his rivalry with his erstwhile subordinate, Sulla, which ultimately led to the latter’s bloody coup. Marius, once hailed as the savior of Rome, eventually became a desperate fugitive, literally fleeing for his life from his pursuers. However, after several harrowing brushes with death, Marius seized an opportunity to return to Rome and mete out justice to his enemies, which tarnished his once-enviable reputation.

Hyden is a professional lobbyist and media spokesman. He has a long-standing fascination with ancient Rome and has had numerous articles published on various aspects of its history.

“Gaius Marius: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Saviour” is available online at Amazon, Target and Barnes & Noble Booksellers in hardcover and as an eBook for Kindle and Nook. For more information, visit www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Marc-Hyden/a/3014 or follow the author on Twitter @Marc_Hyden.

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