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The Battle of Myriokephalonalso known as the Myriocephalum, has been compared muharebfsi the Battle of Manzikert as a pivotal point in the decline of the Byzantine Empire. At that moment, a Turkish soldier said to Alp Arslan, “My Sultan, the enemy army is approaching”, and Alp Arslan is said to have replied, “Then we are also approaching them”.

Near Manzikert he divided his forces. Alp Arslan treated Romanos with considerable kindness and again meydwn the terms of peace that he had offered prior to the battle.

The most serious loss materially seems to have been the emperor’s extravagant baggage train. This included Frankish and Norman mercenaries under Roussel de Bailleulsome Turkic Uz and Pecheneg and Bulgarian mercenariesinfantry under the duke of Antiocha contingent of Georgian and Armenian troops and some but not all of the Varangian Guard to total around 40, men.

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This split the forces into halves of about 20, men each. The army consisted of about 5, professional Byzantine troops from the western provinces and probably about the same number from the eastern provinces. Despite attempts to raise loyal troops, he was defeated three times in battle against the Doukas family and was deposed, blinded, and exiled to the island of Proti.

Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: Romanos was injured and taken prisoner by the Seljuks. Many of the Turks, who had been, during the 11th century, travelling munarebesi, saw the victory at Meydzn as an entrance to Asia Minor. On 25 August, some of Romanos’ Turkic mercenaries came into contact with their Seljuk malazglrt and deserted. Thinking meydxn Alp Arslan was either further away or not coming at all, Romanos marched towards Lake Vanexpecting to retake Manzikert rather quickly and the nearby fortress of Khliat if possible.


While Manzikert was a long-term strategic catastrophe for Byzantium, it was by no means the massacre that historians earlier presumed. In hindsight, both Byzantine and contemporary historians are unanimous in dating the decline of Byzantine mugarebesi to this battle.

Oxford University Press,p. However, the right and left wings, where the arrows did most of their damage, almost broke up when individual units tried to force the Seljuks into a pitched battle; the Seljuk cavalry simply disengaged when challenged, the classic hit and run tactics of steppe warriors.

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Despite his success Alp Arslan was quick to seek a peace treaty with the Byzantines, signed in ; he saw the Fatimids in Egypt as his main enemy and had no desire to be diverted by unnecessary hostilities. Two [ non sequitur ] other knowledgeable contemporaries, the former officials Michael Attaleiates and Kekaumenosagree with Skylitzes that by demobilizing these soldiers Constantine did catastrophic harm to the Empire’s eastern defenses.

Byzantium at War — Battle mmuharebesi Manzikert Part of the Byzantine—Seljuq wars In this 15th-century French miniature depicting the Battle of Manzikert, the combatants are clad in contemporary Western European armour. The expedition rested at Sebasteia on the river Halysreaching Theodosiopolis in June The cavalry was destroyed and Basilakes taken prisoner. Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol: With the Byzantines muharebei confused, the Seljuks seized the opportunity and attacked.

Date 26 August Byzantine historians would often look back and lament the “disaster” of that day, pinpointing it as the moment the decline of the Empire began. Constantine made a truce with the Seljuks that lasted untilbut a large Seljuk army under Alp Mhuarebesi attacked the theme of Iberia and took Ani ; after a siege of 25 days, they captured the city and slaughtered its population.


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The Byzantine Empire was limited to the area immediately around Constantinople, and the Byzantines were never again a serious military force. Alp Arslan summoned his army and delivered a speech by appearing in a white robe similar medan an Islamic funeral shroud in the morning of the battle.


Romanos’ final foray into the Anatolian heartland, which he had worked so hard to defend, was a public humiliation. It was not an immediate disaster, but the defeat showed the Seljuks that the Byzantines were not invincible—they were not the unconquerable, millennium-old Roman Empire as both the Byzantines and Seljuks still malazhirt it.

Battle of Manzikert

In the end, the emperor’s personal troops and these Armenian foot soldiers suffered the heaviest casualties in the Byzantine army. He realized how vital was the challenge; and he hurried northward to meet the Emperor. Archived from the original on 14 September Some authors suppose that Armenians were the first to flee and they all managed to get away, while by contrast the Turkish auxiliaries remained loyal to the end.

Retrieved from ” https: He died soon after as a result of an infection caused by an injury medan his brutal blinding. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat In this 15th-century French miniature depicting the Battle of Manzikert, the combatants are clad in contemporary Western European armour. It is unknown what happened to the army sent off with Tarchaniotes — according to Islamic sources, Alp Arslan smashed this army, yet Roman sources make muhadebesi mention of any such encounter and Attaliates suggests that Tarchaniotes fled at the sight of the Seljuk Sultan — an unlikely event considering the reputation of the Roman general.

Andronikus returned to the capital, Tarchaneiotes did not take part, Bryennios and all the others, including Romanos, took part in the ensuing civil war.

When Emperor Romanos IV was conducted into the presence of Alp Arslan, the Sultan refused to believe that the bloodied and tattered man covered in dirt was the mighty Emperor of the Romans. However the Turks ransomed him back to malaztirt wife, and it was not before the young general Alexios Komnenos pursued him that he was captured.