Battle of Isonzo (489)

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Battle of Isonzo
Part of the Roman-Germanic wars
Date28 August 489
LocationIsonzo, near Aquileia, modern  Italy
Result Ostrogothic victory
Commanders and leaders
Odoacer Theoderic the Great
20,000 10,000
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Battle of the Isonzo, the Battle of the Aesontius, or the Battle of the Isontius 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 the 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. ISBN 9780520069831. Retrieved 5 April 2012.