The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
344 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 2 black and white maps
- May 2023
- In Stock
- October 2017
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
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.
"...an excellent biography of Marius. The author brings forth not only the man Marius, but the age in which he lived." ~A Wargamers Needful Things
“Hyden does a masterful job of tracing Marius’s rise to power through his successful military campaigns… Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries.” ~Choice
"Hyden has done an impressive job of staying open minded about his subject, a rare achievement in biographies of figures from this period. His conclusion makes it clear that he sees Marius as a flawed figure, operating in a flawed system, but also unlucky in that he survived just long enough to tarnish his own reputation with the brutality of the last period of his life." ~History of War
"This is a fine, accessible treatment of the complex figure of Gaius Marius and the turbulent epoch in which he lived, a task at which Hyden’s text succeeds with aplomb." ~De Re Militari
"Marc Hyden has given us the best extant account of Gaius Marius’ leading role in the history of late Roman Republic. It is required reading for those interested in the period and highly recommended for the general reader." ~HistoryNet
"I was very impressed with Hyden’s attention to detail. He has done a wonderful job in putting this topic to words. Through his words, the reader is able to visualize a lot of the content within, although a few images would have also helped. Aside from the maps at the beginning of the book, the book contains no additional photographs. Regardless, this was an excellent book depicting an excellent historical figure. I highly recommend it." ~Ancient Origins
"I leave it to the interested reader to learn more from Hyden’s book about this fascinating Roman. As you read it, consider it more than the story of one life of antiquity. Think of it as an exegesis of power. The Roman historian Tacitus knew well what he was talking about when he wrote in 117 AD, 'Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions.'" ~Foundation of Economic Education