Siege of Theodosiopolis

The siege of Theodosiopolis occurred in August 502, during the opening stages of the Anastasian War. The Sassanid ruler Kavadh I laid siege to the city of Theodosiopolis, a major Byzantine stronghold in western Armenia.

Siege of Theodosiopolis
Part of the Anastasian War
DateAugust 502
Location
Result Sassanid victory
Belligerents
Sassanid Empire Byzantine Empire
Commanders and leaders
Kavadh I Constantine (POW)

The chronicler Joshua the Stylite wrote in 507 that the general Constantine rebelled against emperor Anastasius I Dicorus, and then surrendered Theodosiopolis to the Sassanids. Joshua then writes that "Kawad (Kavadh I) consequently plundered the city, and destroyed and burned it; and he laid waste all the villages in the region of the north, and the fugitives that were left he carried off captive." Kavadh I then promoted Constantine general, before marching on.[1]

After the successful siege, Kavadh I besieged other Byzantine cities, such as Amida.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joshua, the Stylite (507). "A HISTORY OF THE TIME OF AFFLICTION AT EDESSA AND AMIDA AND THROUGHOUT ALL MESOPOTAMIA". Tertullian.

Coordinates: 39°54′00″N 41°16′00″E / 39.9000°N 41.2667°E / 39.9000; 41.2667