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Scenario#: 8     Date: 531     Location: Callinicum, Syria

In the spring of 531 AD, the Persian army, now commanded by the able general Azarethes, again invaded the Byzantine territory of Syria. Belisarius was caught off guard by the new direction of the invasion, yet he quickly marched a …

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Scenario#: 9     Date: 531     Location: Callinicum, Syria

Azarethes had proven himself to be the better tactician in this battle. He had moved most of his heavy cavalry unnoticed to his left and they charged with stunning effect. The Byzantine right wing, composed of 5,000 lightly armed Ghassinid …

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Scenario#: 2     Date: 451     Location: Champagne-Ardenne, France

Attila had a pretext for invading Gaul. Honoria, the older sister of the Western Roman Emperor, appealed directly to Attila to escape an arranged marriage. Attila eagerly accepted the ‘proposal’ and demanded a dowry of half the Western Empire. The …

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Scenario#: 3     Date: 451     Location: Champagne-Ardenne, France

Attila’s army advanced into Gaul, leaving behind a trail of destroyed, plundered cities. His army was delayed at Orleans when the Alan inhabitants resisted effectively. The Alans were one of several Germanic tribes pushed west earlier by the Huns.…

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Scenario#: 6     Date: 530     Location: Dara, Mesopotamia

When negotiation for peace between Justinian and Kavadh failed in 529 AD, the Sassanid king sent an army towards Dara, while Justinian ordered Belisarius back to the region. Despite being outnumbered 2 to 1, Belisarius deployed outside the city walls…

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Scenario#: 12     Date: 533     Location: Carthage, Tunisia

When the fleeing Byzantines reached Belisarius, they rallied quickly and reformed their ranks. Belisarius then set out for Ad Decimum at full speed. Gelimer, on the other hand, found his brother’s body among the dead and mourned his brother’s death,…

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Scenario#: 10     Date: 533     Location: Carthage, Tunisia

In 530 AD, Gelimer dethroned the Vandal king Hilderic, a vassal of Justinian the Byzantine emperor. Hilderic appealed for help, also citing Gelimer’s persecution of eastern Christians. After making a favorable peace with the Sassanids in 532 AD,…

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Scenario#: 11     Date: 533     Location: Carthage, Tunisia

John ended his pursuit of Ammatus’ survivors at the gates of Carthage. Meanwhile Solomon, one of Belisarius’ subordinates, arrived with the Byzantine army vanguard at the site of John’s fight at Ad Decimum. Not knowing where the enemy was, Solomon …

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Scenario#: 17     Date: 555     Location: Onoguris, Georgia

In 555 AD, after the death of Mihr-Mihroe, Nachoragan was appointed commander of the Sassanid army and marched to attack the Byzantines that were laying siege to the Sassanid garrison in the city of Onoguris. The Byzantine generals Rusticus and …

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Scenario#: 14     Date: 548     Location: Petra, Georgia

The Lazic War was fought between the Byzantine Empire and Sassanid Persia for control of Lazica, a province on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. As part of the Eternal Peace of 532 AD, Sassanid Persia granted control of …

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Scenario#: 15     Date: 549     Location: Phasis River, Georgia

After raising the siege of Petra. Mihr-Mihroe left a small Sassanid force in the city while he withdrew due to lack of supplies. He also left Phabrizus with a force of 5,000 to defend the mountain passes and to plunder …

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Scenario#: 16     Date: 550     Location: Hippas River, Georgia

After Dagisthaeus destroyed Phabrizus’ Sassanid forces at the Phasis River, (see Phasis River scenario), it was not long before another Sassanid army, under the command of Chorianes, was sent back into Lazica. The Sassanid army’s advance was slowed…

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Scenario#: 5     Date: 528     Location: Thannuris, Syria

After the battle at Thannuris, Belisarius brought his defeated army back to Dara. Awaiting him were orders from Justinian, the Byzantine emperor, to immediately set out on a mission to construct a fort at Melabasa. Kavadh, king of the Sassanid …

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Scenario#: 7     Date: 530     Location: Satala, Turkey

After the Sassanid loss at Dara, under the guidance of Mihr-Mihroe another Sassanid army was assembled and marched to the city of Satala in Byzantine Armenia. Mihr-Mihroe, planned to lay siege to Satala and set up camp a short distance …

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Scenario#: 19     Date: 586     Location: Dara, Mesopotamia

As his army dissolved into a mass of fugitives, Kardarigan and the only remaining soldiers still in formation found refuge on a nearby hilltop. The Byzantines located them and began launching desultory attacks against them, content to let heat and …

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Scenario#: 18     Date: 586     Location: Dara, Mesopotamia

After another failure to negotiate peace, Kardarigan led the Sassanid army into Mesopotamia. Philippicus, newly assigned commander of the Persian front, marched his Byzantine army to intercept. Both armies were almost entirely mounted, and both…

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Scenario#: 4     Date: 528     Location: Thannuris, Syria

During the Iberian War against the Sassanid Empire in the year 528 AD, Emperor Justinian dispatched Belisarius and a small force of infantry from Dara to guard a workforce constructing a fort at Thannuris. The Sassanids heard of the movement …

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Scenario#: 13     Date: 533     Location: Tricamarum, Tunisia

The defeat at Ad Decimum did not deter Gelimer, and shortly after his brother Tzazon returned from putting down a rebellion in Sardinia, the two marched on Belisarius, who now occupied Carthage. Gathering intelligence from his spies, Gelimer…

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Scenario#: 1     Date: 447     Location: Vit River, Bulgaria

After the Eastern Roman Empire stopped its tribute to the Huns around the year 444 AD, Attila’s army again invaded the Balkan regions of the Eastern Empire. Unfortunately, many veteran Byzantine formations had been withdrawn to counter the Vandal…

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