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|Battle of Isonzo|
|Conflict: Ostrogoth invasion of Rome|
|Date: 489 CE|
|Place: Isonzo River, northeastern Italy|
|Outcome: Ostrogoth victory|
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In 476, Eastern Emperor Zeno encouraged (and bribed) Theodoric the Great to invade Italy and depose Odoacer, a Herulian mercenary who captured Rome and destroyed the Western Roman Empire. Theodoric mustered 25,000 Ostrogoth troops and invaded Italy in 489 CE.
Odoacer's Herulian army was attacked near the Isonzo River by the Ostrogoth army under Theodoric himself, and his forces were outmaneuvered. The Ostrogoths were cut to ribbons in their places, not able to escape their encirclement.