|447||Battle of Utus (Vid)||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||Victory of the Huns who achieved a favorable treaty||447|
|War & Enemy:||
|The Battlefield|| Location:
On the Vit (or Vid) river a tributary of Danube. The battle probably took place not far from the intersection with Danube
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Theodosius II)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Arnegisclus||Attila the Hun|
|Background story:||Beginning in 443, when the Eastern Empire stopped its tribute to the Huns, Attila's army had invaded and ravaged the Balkan regions of the Eastern Empire. Attila's army invaded the Balkan provinces again in 447. A strong Roman force under Arnegisclus, magister utriusque militiae, (master of both infantry & cavalry) of Thrace, moved out of its base at Marcianopolis westwards to fight the Huns.|
The Byzantine force engaged the Hunnic army at Utus in Dacia, south of the Danube. The Romans were defeated, but it seems that losses were severe for both sides. Arnegisclus' was killed in the battlefield.
Attila the Hun
Attila then sacked Marcianopolis. Constantinople was also in imminent danger, as its walls had been ruined during an earthquake in January 447. The Byzantines however managed to repair the walls in just two months by mobilizing the city's population, with the help of the Circus factions. This, combined with the urgent transfer of an Isaurian military force into the city, and the heavy losses of the Huns' army in Utus, forced Attila to abandon any thought of attacking the capital.
Instead, Attila marched south and laid waste to the now-defenseless Balkan provinces until he was turned back at Thermopylae.
|Aftermath:||Peace was only restored when a treaty was signed a year later in 448. Byzantium agreed to pay a large annual tribute. Moreover, a vast no-man's land in the Roman territory was created south of Danube.|