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Bleschames was a Persian military officer, who first served the Sasanian Empire and from 541 the Byzantine Empire. He is first mentioned in 531 as the head of the Sasanian garrison of the fortress Sisauranon, where he was defeated by a Byzantine army under Belisarius, who took him and 800 Sasanian cavalrymen captive and sent them to the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. However, he did not stay there for long, and was sent to Italy in order to fight the Ostrogothic Kingdom in the Gothic War, while some of his men were sent to fight under Artabazes. Nothing else is known of his life.

Bleschames
AllegianceSasanian Empire (until 541)
Byzantine Empire
Sasanian army
Byzantine army
Commands heldSassanian garrison of Sisauranon
Persian mercenary unit in the Gothic War
Battles/warsLazic War Gothic War (535–554)

SourcesEdit

  • Martindale, John Robert; Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin; Morris, J., eds. (1992). The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Volume III: A.D. 527–641. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-20160-5.