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Battle of Isonzo
Crusaders
Conflict: Ostrogoth invasion of Rome
Date: 489 CE
Place: Isonzo River, northeastern Italy
Outcome: Ostrogoth victory
Combatants

Goths Ostrogoths

Heruli

Commanders

Theodoric the Great

Odoacer

Strength

25,000

unknown

Casualties

no reliable estimates

heavy

The Battle of Isonzo was an engagement between the Ostrogoths under Theodoric the Great and the Heruli under Odoacer, the self-proclaimed King of Italy, in northeastern Italy on the Isonzo River. It resulted in Odoacer's defeat.

Background

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.

Battle

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.

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