Battle of Sarus

The Battle of Sarus was a battle fought in April 625 between the East Roman (Byzantine) army, led by Emperor Heraclius, and the Persian general Shahrbaraz. After a series of maneuvres, the Byzantine army under Heraclius, which in the previous year had invaded Persia, caught up with Shahrbaraz's army, which was heading towards the Byzantine capital, Constantinople, where his forces would take part in its siege together with the Avars. The battle ended in a nominal victory for the Byzantines, but Shahrbaraz withdrew in good order, and was able to continue his advance through Asia Minor towards Constantinople.

Battle of Sarus
Part of the Byzantine–Sassanid War of 602–628
DateApril 625 CE
Result draw; nominal Byzantine victory
East Roman (Byzantine) Empire Sassanid Empire
Commanders and leaders
Heraclius Shahrbaraz
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown


  • Howard-Johnston, James (2006). East Rome, Sasanian Persia And the End of Antiquity: Historiographical And Historical Studies. Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 0-86078-992-6.