Battle of the Save

Battle of the Save
LocationSava 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.

An interesting 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. In any event they were devastating, and Maximus, who had gained the whole Western Empire through excellent strategy, 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

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