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804 Battle of Krasos  (Crasus) ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: Victory of the Arabs September 804
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Arabs (Abbasids)
Abbasid invasions
Battle Type:
Surprise Attack
The Battlefield Krasos Location:
In Krasos, Phrygia in modern Eskisehir province, Turkey
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Nikephoros I) The Enemies
Commander: Emperor Nikephoros I Ibrahim ibn Jibril
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Losses: 40,700
Background story: Nikephoros I, had dethroned Empress Irene of Athens and became emperor in October 802. The new ruler refused to pay the tribute imposed by Caliph Harun al-Rashid on Irene.
Nikephoros knew that after this the Arabs would attack and he collected a powerful army in Asia Minor. This army however, broke out into rebellion and proclaimed their commander Bardanes Tourkos as emperor. The Caliph Harun al-Rashid, taking advantage of the situation, invaded to Asia Minor. When the rebellion of Bardanes was put out, Nikephoros was afraid to trust any veteran general with the command of a large army, and took the command himself.
The Battle:
In August 804, Harun dispatched another raid under his general Ibrahim ibn Jibril. Nikephoros set out to meet them, but before he met with them he was forced to return because of some unspecified event in his back (possibly, a conspiracy). On his march back, however, the Arabs launched a surprise attack on him at Krasos in Phrygia and defeated his army. According to Arabian sources, the Byzantines lost 40,700 men and 4,000 pack animals, while the Byzantine emperor himself was thrice wounded.
Aftermath: Preoccupied with trouble in Khorasan, Harun accepted tribute and made peace. An exchange of prisoners was also arranged.