Battle of Isonzo (489)

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For the series of World War I battles, see Battles of the Isonzo.
Battle of Isonzo
Part of the Roman-Germanic wars
Date 29 August 489
Location Isonzo, near Aquileia, modern  Italy
Result Ostrogothic victory
Belligerents
Heruls
Scirians
Ostrogoths
Rugians
Commanders and leaders
Odoacer Theoderic the Great
Strength
20,000 10,000
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Battle of Isonzo is the name given to the battle fought on August 28, 489 on the banks of the Isontius River, not far away from Aquileia. This river is now known as the Isonzo in Italian, and Soča in Slovene. This battle should not be confused with the 12 battles of Isonzo during World War I.

Theoderic the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, in 489 opened his first campaign against Odoacer to wrest Italy from him. On 28 August, the two armies met on the banks of the Isontius. Theoderic defeated Odoacer, who retreated. A second battle was fought at Verona.[1]

  1. ^ History of the Goths. University of California Press. 13 February 1990. Retrieved 5 April 2012.