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He wanted to settle the eastern question and the persistent Turkic incursions and settlements with a decisive military victory, and meydna understood that raising another army would be both difficult and expensive. Henceforth, the Muslims controlled the region.

In hindsight, both Byzantine and contemporary historians are unanimous in dating the decline of Byzantine fortunes to this battle. Their choice in establishing their capital in Nikaea Iznik in could possibly be explained by a desire to see if the Empire’s struggles could present new opportunities.

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. Years mmeydan decades later, Manzikert came to be seen as a malazfirt for the Empire; later sources therefore greatly exaggerate the numbers of troops and the number of casualties. 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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The cavalry was destroyed and Basilakes taken prisoner. Romanos then rejected a Seljuk peace embassy. The breaking of Byzantium. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Davis writes, “Byzantine defeat severely limited the power of the Byzantines by denying them control over Anatolia, the major recruiting ground for soldiers. Alp Arslan treated Romanos with considerable kindness and again offered the terms of peace that he had offered prior to the battle.

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Charles Scribner’s Sons, p. However, the right wing misunderstood the order, and Doukas, as a rival of Romanos, deliberately ignored the emperor and marched back to the camp outside Manzikert, rather than covering the emperor’s retreat.

When Romanos saw the boldness of the Armenian foot soldiers, he displayed great affection for them and promised them unheard of rewards. Seljuk Empire Pecheneg and Cuman mercenaries [note 1]. Retrieved from ” https: The decisive defeat of the Byzantine army and the capture of the Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes [9] played an important role in undermining Byzantine authority in Anatolia and Armenia[10] and allowed for the gradual Turkification of Anatolia.

With the Seljuks avoiding battle, Romanos was forced to order a withdrawal by the time night fell.

Military Disaster or Political Failure? Historian Thomas Asbridge says: Romanos was injured and taken prisoner by the Seljuks. In the end, the emperor’s personal troops and these Armenian foot soldiers suffered the heaviest casualties in the Byzantine army. Byzantium at War — Either way, Romanos’ army was reduced to less than half his planned 40, men.

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. While Manzikert was a long-term strategic catastrophe for Byzantium, it was by no means the massacre that historians earlier presumed. Romanos drew up his troops into formation and sent the left wing out under Bryennios, who was almost surrounded by the quickly approaching Turks and was forced to retreat once more.

Again and again their historians refer to that dreadful day. 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. Many of the Turks, who had been, during the 11th century, travelling westward, saw the victory at Manzikert as an entrance to Asia Minor. Byzantine historians would often look back and lament the “disaster” of that day, pinpointing it as the moment the decline of the Empire began.


The Byzantine army regrouped and marched to Dokeiawhere they were joined by Romanos when he was released a week later. Crusades The Illustrated History. The chroniclers tell in tragic detail of the Emperor’s march eastward along the great Byzantine military road.

This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat The most serious loss materially seems to have been the emperor’s extravagant baggage train. Alp Arslan’s scouts knew exactly where Romanos was, while Romanos was completely unaware of his opponent’s movements.

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

It took three decades of internal strife before Alexius I to restored stability to Byzantium. Osprey Publishing 20 Augustpp.

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The Byzantines held off the arrow attacks and captured Alp Arslan’s camp by the end of the afternoon. Alp Arslan was in Syria, near Aleppo, when he heard of the Byzantine advance.

He realized how vital was the challenge; and he hurried northward to meet the Emperor. Alp Arslan summoned his army and delivered a speech by appearing in a white robe similar to an Islamic funeral shroud in the morning of the battle. The themes in Anatolia were literally the heart of the empire, and within decades after Manzikert, they were gone.

University of Michigan P. There were no engagements that day, but on 26 August the Byzantine army gathered itself into a proper battle formation and began to march on the Turkish positions, with the left wing under Bryennios, the right wing under Theodore Alyatesand the centre under the emperor.