Battle of Sena Gallica (82 BC)

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For similarly titled battles, see Battle of Sena Gallica.
Battle of Sacriporto
Part of Sulla's Second Civil War
Censorinus denarius.jpg
Roman coins bearing the image of Gaius Marcius Censorinus.
Date April, 82 BC
Location Senigallia, Italia
Result Optimate Victory
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Optimates Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Populares
Commanders and leaders
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Gaius Marcius Censorinus
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Gnaeus Papirius Carbo
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Sena Gálica was a battle that took place in April or May of 82 BC during the context of Sulla's Second Civil War in the area around present day Senigallia. The battle pitted the Optimates under the command of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, legatus of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix against the Populares forces commanded by Gaius Marcius Censorinus who was in turn the legatus of Gnaeus Papirius Carbo. The battle resulted in a decisive Optimate victory. Immediately following the battle, the town was subjected to a brutal sacking by Sulla's victorious forces.


After signing the peace treaty at Dardanos, Sulla returned to Rome with the intention of confronting his other political opponents, the Populares. They were led by Gaius Marius the Younger and by Gnaeus Papirius Carbo. Sulla therefore invaded Italia in 83 BC, routing various Populares armies. Encamping for the winter, both sides made preparations to continue the fighting with the start of the Spring war season when the war became intensified and bloody.

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