Not all roads lead to Rome, nor do all Romans fight for her either — repugnant it may be regardless to most. For given the number of civil wars and revolts that have rocked Roman society, it is unsurprising if a few fight for heathen kings for coin.


The Marian Reforms (named after the general Gaius Marius), which advocated the need for a professional army independent of property ownership and for the settling of soldiers on conquered lands as part of their pay, unfortunately resulted in a shift of loyalty in soldiers away from the Roman state and to individual generals. Sometimes, the popularity and prestige of some Roman leaders was such that their men would blindly follow them wherever they went, such as the Gabiani, who were Roman legionaries in the service of the Egyptians following Marcus Antonius' defection to Cleopatra.

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