Battles List Of Gothic War Battles

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List of every major Gothic War battle, including photos, images, or maps of the most famous Gothic War battles when available. While it is not a comprehensive list of all skirmishes, conflicts, or battles that took place in the Gothic War, we have tried to include as many military events and actions as possible. All the battles on this Gothic War list are currently listed alphabetically, but if you want to find a specific battle you can search for it by using the "search". Information about these Gothic War battles are included below as well, such as their specific locations and who was involved in the fight.

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Battle of Adrianople is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List Of Gothic War Battles
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The Battle of Adrianople, sometimes known as the Battle of Hadrianopolis, was fought between a Roman army led by the Roman Emperor Valens and Gothic rebels led by Fritigern. The battle took place about 13 km north of Adrianople in the Roman province of Thracia. It ended with an overwhelming victory for the Goths and the death of Emperor Valens. Part of the Gothic War, the battle is often considered the start of the process which led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. It was actually fought by the forces of the Eastern Roman Empire, which outlasted the Western by nearly 1,000 years. ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Edirne, Turkey

Part of: Decline of the Roman Empire, Gothic War

Combatants: Byzantine Empire

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In the spring of 542, at the Battle of Faventia, an Ostrogothic army under king Totila scattered the larger Roman forces of generals Constantian and Alexander, beginning the resurgence of Gothic resistance to the Roman reconquest of Italy. Before the battle, Valaris, a gigantic Goth, challenged any Roman to do single combat with him. Valaris was slain by the Byzantine soldier Artabazes, who was also mortally wounded. ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Faenza, Italy

Part of: Gothic War

Combatants: Byzantine Empire

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Battle of Mons Lactarius is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List Of Gothic War Battles
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The Battle of Mons Lactarius took place in 552 or 553 in the course the Gothic War waged on behalf of Justinian I against the Ostrogoths in Italy. After the Battle of Taginae, in which the Ostrogoth king Totila was killed, the Byzantine general Narses captured Rome and besieged Cumae. Teia, the new Ostrogothic king, gathered the remnants of the Ostrogothic army and marched to relieve the siege, but in October 552 Narses ambushed him at Mons Lactarius in Campania, near Mt. Vesuvius and Nuceria Alfaterna. The battle lasted two days, and Teia was killed in the fighting. Ostrogothic power in Italy was eliminated, and the remaining Ostrogoths went back north and settled in south Austria. After ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Campania, Italy

Part of: Gothic War

Combatants: Byzantine Empire

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Battle of Mucellium

The Battle of Mucellium was an engagement in 542 near Mugello, Italy, between Ostrogoths and Byzantines during the Gothic War. Having lifted a siege of Florence, the Ostrogoths led by Totila turned on the pursuing Byzantines, defeating their numerically superior force. Following his success against the Byzantines in the Battle of Faventia in spring 542, Totila sent part of his troops to attack Florence. Justin, the Byzantine commander of Florence, had neglected to adequately provision the city against a siege, and hurriedly sent for aid to the other Byzantine commanders in the area: John, Bessas and Cyprian. They gathered their forces and came to the relief of Florence. At their approach, ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Mugello region

Part of: Gothic War

Combatants: Byzantine Empire