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The army consisted of about 5, professional Byzantine troops from the western provinces and probably about the same number from the eastern provinces. Romanos was unaware of the loss of Tarchaneiotes and continued to Manzikert, which he easily captured on 23 August; the Seljuks responded with heavy incursions of bowmen.

Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: Henceforth, the Muslims controlled the region. It was decided to continue the march. As he was leaving the capital the news came through from Italy that Bary, the last Byzantine possession in the peninsula, had fallen to the Normans. His intention was to capture and garrison the Armenian fortresses before the Turkish army should come up from the south. Geschichte der Kriegskunst im Rahmen der politischen Geschichte in German.

Historian Thomas Asbridge says: 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. The chroniclers tell in tragic detail of the Emperor’s march eastward along the great Byzantine military road. The survivors were the many who fled the field and were pursued throughout the night, but not beyond that; by dawn, the professional core of the Byzantine army had been destroyed whilst many of the peasant troops and levies who had been under the command of Andronikus had fled.

The Byzantine army regrouped and marched to Dokeiawhere they were joined by Romanos when he was released a week later. The Byzantines themselves had no illusions about it. What followed the battle was a chain of events—of which the battle was the first link—that undermined the Empire in the years to come. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alp Arslan was already in the area, however, with allies and 30, cavalry from Aleppo and Mosul.


The expedition rested at Sebasteia on the river Halysreaching Theodosiopolis in June The Seljuks were organized into a crescent formation about four kilometres away. Near Manzikert he divided his forces.

The implications of Myriocephalum were initially limited, however, thanks to Manuel I Komnenos muhareebesi on to power.

Battle of Manzikert

Seljuk Empire Pecheneg and Cuman mercenaries [note 1]. He realized how vital was malwzgirt challenge; and he hurried northward to meet the Emperor. Romanos’ final foray into the Anatolian heartland, which he had worked so hard to defend, was a public humiliation. After discovering his identity, Alp Arslan placed his boot on the Emperor’s neck and forced him to kiss the ground.

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Das Mittelalter 2nd ed. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

However the Turks ransomed him back to his wife, and it was not before the young general Alexios Komnenos pursued him that he was captured. With the Byzantines thoroughly confused, the Seljuks seized the opportunity and attacked. The same could not be said of Romanos, whose enemies “martyred a courageous and upright man”, and as a result “the Empire Byzantium at War — Military Disaster or Political Failure?

In FebruaryRomanos sent envoys to Alp Arslan to renew the treaty, and keen to secure his northern flank against attack, Alp Arslan happily agreed. Davis writes, “Byzantine defeat severely limited the power of the Byzantines by denying them control over Anatolia, the major recruiting ground for soldiers. 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.

The Battle of Manzikert illustrated ed. 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 no 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.


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. University of Michigan P. Antioch, Edessa, Hierapolis, and Manzikert were to be surrendered.

Thinking that 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. However, the peace treaty had been a deliberate distraction: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Constantine made a truce with the Seljuks that lasted untilbut a large Seljuk army under Alp Arslan attacked the theme of Iberia and took Ani ; after a siege of 25 days, they captured the city and slaughtered its population.

Despite attempts to raise loyal troops, he was defeated three times in battle against malqzgirt Doukas family and was deposed, blinded, malazgirg exiled to the island of Proti. The brunt of the battle was borne by the professional soldiers from the eastern and western tagmataas large numbers of mercenaries and Anatolian levies fled early and survived the battle. In hindsight, both Byzantine and contemporary historians are unanimous in dating the decline of Byzantine fortunes to this battle.

Anna Komnenewriting a few decades after the actual battle, wrote:. Manuel captured Hierapolis Bambyce muhrebesi Syrianext thwarted a Turkish attack against Iconium with a counter-attack, [9] but was then defeated and captured by the Seljuks under the Sultan Alp Arslan. The most serious loss materially seems to have been the emperor’s extravagant baggage train.

Either way, Romanos’ army was reduced to less than half his planned 40, men.