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Ancient and modern

What Julius Caesar would have done about Nigel Farage

To find out, follow the career of general Marius

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

Our politicians are desperately keen to turn the toast of the people, Nigel Farage, into toast himself. But is that wise? Time to consider the career of the Roman general Marius (157–86 BC).

Noble families — i.e. those who had held high office — dominated Roman politics. Marius did not come from a noble family, but it was wealthy, and it did have good connections, which Marius later improved by marrying an aunt of Julius Caesar.

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