The Cimbrian War 113–101 BC

The Rise of Caius Marius

The Cimbrian War 113–101 BC cover

The Cimbrian War 113–101 BC

The Rise of Caius Marius

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A gripping illustrated narrative of the Cimbrian (or Cimbric) War, in which the armies of the Roman Republic finally defeated the Germanic tribes of the Cimbri, Teutons, Ambrons and Tigurini.

Rome's victory in the Cimbrian War was born of a number of huge and devastating defeats at the hands of the Germanic tribes (chiefly the Cimbri and Teutones), who had migrated en masse southwards in the late 2nd century BC. These included the defeat in 113 BC of the consul Cnaeus Papirius Carbo at Noreia; the smashing of Marcus Iunius Silanus' army near Burdigala (Bourdeaux) in 109 BC, and the humiliating destruction of two consular armies at Arausio (Orange) four years later.

This work explores how, in the autumn of 105 BC, Caius Marius managed to contain the Germanic threat in the north, before crushing it in two successful battles, at Aquae Sextiae (Aix-en-Provence) in Gallia Transalpina in 102 BC and at Vercellae (Vercelli) in Gallia Cisalpina in 101 BC.

Packed with stunning illustrations covering the major clashes of this epic and drawn-out war of the late Republic, this work brings to life for the first time Rome's vital quashing of the Germanic threat to its very existence. It also documents the rise of Marius, one of Rome's most important martial figures, who was highly significant in the transformation of its armed forces.

Table of Contents

The Roman consuls during the war
New man
The ambitious soldier
War with Iugurtha
The Northern tribes
Roman: Marius' mules
First encounters, 113–107 BC
Arausio, 105 BC
Aquae Sextiae, 102 BC
Vercellae, 101 BC
Political wilderness

Product details

Published 17 Aug 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472854919
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 393
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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