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363 Sack of Pirisabora ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Romans captured and destroyed the city of Pirisabora 27-29 April 363
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Sassanid Persians
Later Roman-Persian Wars
Battle Type:
City Capture
The Battlefield Pirisabora Location:
Pirisabora, modern Anbar, central Iraq
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Julian the Apostate) The Enemies
Commander: Emperor Julian Unknown
Forces: 65,000 Unknown
Background story: In response to earlier attacks on Roman Mesopotamia by Shapur II of Sassanid Persia, Emperor Julian decided to deal with the Persian threat. On 5 March 363, despite a series of omens against the campaign, Julian departed from Antioch with a large army of 80,000–90,000 men and headed north toward the Euphrates. After crossing the Euphrates near Hierapolis, moved for a while eastward. After feigning a march further eastward, Julian's army turned suddenly south.
The Battle:
Julian the Apostate
Marching deep into Persian territory, Julian besieged Pirisabora (Anbar) which guarded the vital canal link from the Euphrates to Ctesiphon on the Tigris. The Sassanidian garrison fought fiercely, but Roman siege machines smashed the walls and the city was razed to the ground. Julian continued east to Maiozamalcha .