Battle of Caesarea

The Battle of Caesarea occurred in 1067 when the Seljuk Turks under Alp Arslan attacked Caesarea. Caesarea was sacked and its Cathedral of St. Basil desecrated.[3] Following Caesarea, the Seljuk Turks made another attempt invading Anatolia, with an assault on Iconium in 1069. This provoked Romanos IV Diogenes' second campaign.[4]

Battle of Caesarea
Part of the Byzantine-Seljuk wars

Seljuk victory

  • Caesarea sacked[1]
Byzantine Empire Seljuk Empire
Commanders and leaders
Romanos IV Alp Arslan
Afshin Beg[2]
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown


  1. ^ Jeffreys, Haldon & Cormack 2008, p. 273.
  2. ^ Nicolle 2013, p. 16.
  3. ^ Harris 2014, p. 39.
  4. ^ Lock 2006, p. 15.


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