The Romans reached the area, which they called Upper Moesia, during Octavian's Dalmatian War (35-34). Moesia was organized in 29 BCE, after the civil wars had come to an end. Hardly anything is known about this period, but there appears to have been a bridge across the Sava.
It seems that a couple of years later, when the emperor Trajan invaded Dacia (101-106), II Adiutrix joined the Fourth, but it was later transferred to Aquincum (Budapest). Viminacium (downstream along the Danube) and Sirmium (upstream along the Sava) were other army bases, where legions could gather to defend the Empire.There was of course a civil settlement too: the forum and the bathhouse have been identified at Studentski Trg (Students' Square), and some of Belgrade's streets follow the course of the ancient gridiron. Inscriptions mention the usual civil officials. We also know that there was a Christian bishop.
The Fourth Legion must have played a role during the wars that Marcus Aurelius conducted along the Danube, but we know preciously little about it. The city was the birthplace of Jovian, who was briefly emperor in 363/364. Before the end of the fourth century, the Fourth disappears from our sources.
The city was during the fifth century occupied by several northern tribes: the Huns, the Sarmatians, the Gepids, and the Ostrogoths. In 510, it became Byzantine and the emperor Justinian rebuilt the fortifications,note[Procopius, Buildings, 4.5.12-15] and Maurice used the city when he restored order on the Balkans.
In the early seventh century, the Avars took Singidunum, which was, by now, no longer an important city. It was only in the ninth century that Belgrade was founded.