Battle of Faenza (490)
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Battle of Faenza 490
Battle of Faenza
Result Italian victory
Kingdom of Italy Ostrogoths
Commanders and leaders
Odoacer Theodoric the Great
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Faenza was fought between the Kingdom of Italy under Odoacer and the Ostrogoths under Theodoric the Great. With the permission of the Eastern Roman emperor Zeno, Theodoric had in 488 gained permission to invade Italy and depose Odoacer. Having previously been defeated by Theodoric at Isonzo and Verona, Odoacer retreated to his heavily fortified capital Ravenna in October 489. After receiving reinforcements from Southern Italy, Odoacer defeated Theodoric at Faenza in 490. After his victory, Odoacer pursued Theodoric to Pavia, where he was defeated on August 11, 490 at the Battle of the Adda River, after which he retreated back to Ravenna.


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