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Throughout time certain individuals have been known as revolutionaries Some of these were political others social others military While some excel in one of these realms the greatest figures will impact all of these Marius was the most revolutionary of the individuals that shaped the course of the Roman Revolution in that his action departed the most radically from the traditional framework of the Roman mos maiorem and from the actions of his predecessors One of the grandest impacts Marius had was on the political and social scene To fully understand the how remarkable his political career was one must first consider that he was born into a poor family of little political esteem In fact his family had never seen a senator elected and there is little belief that any other significant political position was held by a relative At the time it was very unusual that anyone of such a background would even consider a political aspiration This in itself makes Mariuss first political appointment so remarkable In fact he denounced the traditional social education of the Greek language and other qualities associated with social standing In a strong step in political reform Marius proposed a bill that effectively limited aristocratic domination of the electoral process This strong step certainly did nothing to endear him to many reputable politicians but did show his aspiration to change the political system from its social base Marius took another unusual step toward political change when he successfully sought absentee reelection As his career continued so did his ambition While he continued to attack conceptions of nobility he continued to win election Even though terms in office generally was considered the informal limit Marius continued through the fifth term to a seventh consecutive term This unprecedented reign definitely changed the Roman political scene of that time All the while he built his support on the people Obviously Mariuss devotion to the populous was a key step
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