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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

September 30th, 489 – The Battle of Verona

Conflict: Barbarian Wars

Combatants: Ostrogoths vs. Italians (Romans)

Location: Italy

Outcome: Ostrogoth victory


Marching out to meet the Ostrogoths invading his Italian Kingdom, Odoacer, who had deposed the last Roman Emperor, was defeated by the Theodoric near the Isonzo River. Odoacer and his Italians fell back to Verona, but Theodoric pursued and again defeated the Italian army. Again, Odoacer was forced to withdraw; now to Ravenna.

Coin of Odoacer at the British Museum (British Museum (photo), CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)


Points of Interest:

  • Odoacer would defeat Theodoric at Faenza in 490, but then had to divide his army due an invasion of Burgundians and Visigoths in Liguria.

  • In 493, Odoacer agreed to share rule of Italy with Theodoric, but the Ostrogoth murdered Odoacer shortly thereafter.

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