Battle of Bovianum

The Battle of Bovianum was fought in 305 BC between the Romans and the Samnites.

Battle of Bovianum
Part of Second Samnite War
Date305 BC
Result Roman victory[1]
Roman Republic Samnium
Commanders and leaders
Tiberius Minucius Augurinus,
Lucius Postumius Megellus
Statius Gellius


The Romans were led by two consuls, Tiberius Minucius Augurinus and Lucius Postumius Megellus. The result was a Roman victory and end of the Second Samnite War.


The battle of Bovianum at last completely crushed the spirit of the Samnites, who, unable to continue the war, were obliged to accept the terms dictated by Romans.[2] The Romans then proved victorious at the Battle of Bovianum and the tide turned strongly against the Samnites from 314 BC onwards, leading them to sue for peace with progressively less generous terms. By 304 BC the Romans had effectively annexed the greater degree of the Samnite territory, founding several colonies. This pattern of meeting aggression in force and almost inadvertently gaining territory in strategic counter-attacks was to become a common feature of Roman military history.


  1. ^ Turning Points In Military History - Page x by William R. Weir
  2. ^ Outlines of the history of Rome - Page 41 by Henry White