Siege of Hippo Regius

Summary

The siege of Hippo Regius was a siege from June 430 to August 431, carried out by the Vandals under their king Genseric against Roman defenders under Boniface, Count of Africa.

Siege of Hippo Regius
Part of the Fall of the Western Roman Empire
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Ruins of Hippo Regius
DateJune 430 – August 431
Location
Result Tactical Roman victory (siege lifted)
Strategic Vandalic victory
Belligerents
Vandals Labarum.svg Western Roman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Genseric Boniface
Strength
Around 15,000–20,000 fighting men [1] Less than 20,000 [2]
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown, including St. Augustine

Having command of the sea, Boniface was able to keep the city well provisioned and, after 14 months, Genseric was the one short on supplies. The Vandals lifted the siege, making the ordeal a technical Roman victory. However, Boniface quickly abandoned the city by sea to meet with reinforcements from the eastern empire; the Vandals were able to occupy the town and subsequently defeated the combined Roman forces in a set battle.

Among those who died during the siege was St. Augustine.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hughes, Ian. "Aetius: Attila's Nemesis." Pen & Sword, 2012. ISBN 1848842791. p.81
  2. ^ Wijnendaele, Jeroen W. P. The Last of the Romans: Bonifatius - Warlord and Comes Africae. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. p.90
  3. ^ Thomas Benfield Harbottle, DICTIONARY OF BATTLES - From the earliest date to the present time, p. 13. [1]