Siege of Dara (573)

The Siege of Dara was raised by the Sasanian king Khosrow I in 573 during the Byzantine–Sasanian War of 572–591. The fortified city fell after 4 months.[3]

Siege of Dara (573)
Part of Byzantine–Sasanian War of 572–591
DaraFortifications.JPG
Ruins of the fortifications of Dara
Date573
Location
Result Sasanian victory
Belligerents
Sasanian Empire Byzantine Empire
Commanders and leaders
Khosrow I
Izadgushasp
Fariburz
Bahram Chobin
Sergius 
Ioannes (POW)[1]
Strength
  • 23,000 cavalry
  • 40,000 infantry
  • 120,000 farmers (non-combatants)[2]

The Sasanians used captured Roman ballistae from the abandoned Roman Siege of Nisibis (573).[4]

The news of the fall of Dara, long a major Byzantine stronghold in Upper Mesopotamia, drove Emperor Justin II insane.[3] Bahram Chobin was commander of the cavalry force in the siege, and was promoted to the spahbed of the North after this victory.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Martindale 1992, p. 675.
  2. ^ Greatrex & Lieu 2002, p. 147.
  3. ^ a b Nicholson, Canepa & Daryaee 2018.
  4. ^ War and Warfare in Late Antiquity (2 vols.): Current Perspectives. 2013-08-23. ISBN 9789004252585.
  5. ^ Shahbazi 1988, pp. 514–522.

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