Battle of Fano

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Coordinates: 43°50′00″N 13°01′00″E / 43.833333°N 13.016667°E / 43.833333; 13.016667

Battle of Fano
Part of the Roman-Germanic wars
Battle of Fano is located in Italy
Battle of Fano (Italy)
Date 271 CE
Result Roman victory
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Roman Empire Juthungi
Commanders and leaders
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Emperor Aurelian Unknown

The Battle of Fano, also known as the Battle of Fanum Fortunae,[1] was fought in 271 between the Roman Empire and the Juthungi. The Romans were led by Emperor Aurelian, and they were victorious.


Aurelian had been defeated by the Juthungi at the Battle of Placentia in 271, but he had rallied his men, and started pursuing the Juthungi, who were quickly moving towards a defenceless Rome.

The battle

Finally, the Roman Army caught and forced a fight with the Juthungi on the Metaurus River, just inland of Fano. The crucial moment of the battle was when the Juthungi were pinned against the river, so that, when the Germanic line was forced to give way, many Juthungi fell into the river and drowned.


  1. ^ Michael Grant, The History of Rome, p. 285


  • Watson, Alaric (1999). Aurelian and the Third Century. Routledge. p. 50. ISBN 0-415-07248-4.
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