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559 Battle of Melanthius  (Melantiada, Melantias) ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Byzantines defeated and repelled the invading Kurtigurs 559
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Kutrigur Bulgars
Justinian Wars
Battle Type:
The Battlefield Melanthius Location:
In Melantias (or Melantiada) in Eastern Thrace (the European part of Turkey) around 20 miles from Constantinople
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Justinian I) The Enemies
Commander: General Belisarius Khan Zabergan
Forces: 300 horsemen and a number of irregulars 7000 (only 2000 took part in the battle)
Losses: none 400 killed
Background story: When an army of Kutrigur Bulgars, under Khan Zabergan crossed the frozen Danube into Moesia (modern Bulgaria) and Thrace, threatening Constantinople itself, the great Byzantine General Belisarius was brought out of retirement by Emperor Justinian. With a hastily
The Battle:
Belissarius assembled a small force of 300 cavalry and a number of irregulars. He moved to Melantiada, in a swamp around 20 miles from the capital. He ordered his troops to raise a lot of dust to give the impression of a much larger force. A unit of 2000 Kutrigurs who approached the area were paniced and many killed. After this failure, the host of the Bulgarian and Slav horsemen were driven back across the Danube.
Noteworthy: The battle has been recorded in historiography as the "battle of Melanthius" although the name of the place in Greek is Melantias or Melantiada. The reasons for this mistake are not clear.
Aftermath: It was the last battle of Belisarius, one of the greatest generals in World history.