|388||Battle of Save (Battle of Siscia)||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||Defeat of the western usurper Magnus Maximus||388|
|War & Enemy:||
Romans (Civil War)
Later Roman Military Civil Wars
|The Battlefield|| Location:
Sava river, near Siscia, modern Sissek, Croatia
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Theodosius I the Great)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Comes Richomeres||General Andragathius|
|Background story:||Magnus Maximus was a distinguished general who had served under Theodosius the Elder. He was proclaimed emperor by his troops in 383. He defeated and killed the Western Emperor Gratian in Gaul. He was not able to overthrow Gratian’s son Valentinian II though, because of the intervention of the emperor of the east Theodosius.
Maximus made his capital at Augusta Treverorum (Trier) in Gaul and ruled Britain, Gaul, Spain, and Africa. He became an efficient and popular ruler.
In 387 he managed to force Valentinian II out of Rome. Valentinian fled to Constantinople. Theodosius I had no choice but to turn decisively against Magnus Maximus and launched a campaign against him in 388.
The army of Emperor Theodosius I (and Valentinian II of the West) defeated Magnus Maximus' army on the Sava river at Siscia (modern Sissek) near Zagreb. The commander of the forces of Theodosius was Comes Richomeres and Andragathius (who had killed emperor Gratian) was the commander of Maximus’ army.
Later Maximus was captured and executed at Aquileia.
|Aftermath:||The battle ended the reign of Magnus Maximus who, in essence, was the last Roman ruler north of Lyon. After him, Rome never regained actual control of Britain and Gaul.|