Battle of the Save

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Battle of the Save
Date 388
Location Sava river, near Siscia, modern Croatia
Result Eastern Roman victory
Eastern Roman Empire forces of Magnus Maximus
Commanders and leaders
Theodosius I Magnus Maximus

The Battle of the Save was fought in 388 between the forces of Roman usurper Magnus Maximus and the Eastern Roman Empire.[1] Emperor Theodosius I defeated Magnus Maximus's army in battle. Later Maximus was captured and executed at Aquileia.

A feature of the battle is the use by Theodosius of Hun mercenaries, who apparently were stirrup-equipped horse archers. Maximus' Western Roman Empire forces probably lacked such troops. They were devastating, and Maximus, who had gained the whole Western Empire through strategic prowess, was decisively defeated.


  1. ^ An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors; Pan. Lat. II.34

Coordinates: 46°25′07″N 15°52′17″E / 46.4186°N 15.8714°E / 46.4186; 15.8714