Gaius Marius and his military reforms

Gaius Marius was a Roman general and statesman, born in 157 BC and died in 86 BC aged 70. 

His tactical reforms expanded some traditions, and also helped with the efficiency of the army. Plutarch describes how Marius adjusted the heavy pilum (the javelin), although later on Caesar moved away from this. Marius also made his men carry their supplies rather than relying on carts and mules, as this had slowed the army down. Lastly, Marius also ensured that the Eagle standard (the aquila) was employed by each Roman legion.