Siege of Syracuse (868)

The siege of Syracuse in 868 was conducted by the Aghlabids against Syracuse in Sicily, then a possession of the Byzantine Empire, during the long Muslim conquest of Sicily. During the siege the Aghlabids defeated a Byzantine fleet which came to the relief of the city.[1] Because the siege failed to take the city, the Muslims resorted to pillaging the countryside surrounding it before they retired.[2] A decade later, the Aghlabids finally conquered the city after the siege of 877–878.

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  • Metcalfe, Alex (2009). The Muslims of Medieval Italy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0-7486-2008-1.
  • Konstam, Angus (2015). Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 7th–11th centuries. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781472807595.