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877-878 Capture of Syracuse ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Arabs captured the city of Syracuse and took control of Sicily 21 May 878
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Arabs (Aghlabids)
Muslim conquest of Sicily
Battle Type:
City Capture
The Battlefield Syracuse Location:
Syracuse, Sicily
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Basil I the Macedonian) The Enemies
Commander: Unknown Sultan Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Tamini
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Background story: Fifty years after an initial repulse at Syracuse, the Arab invaders of Sicily had seized most of the island, including Palermo and Messina.
The Battle:
In the summer of 868, the Byzantines were defeated near Syracuse. Hostilities resumed in the early summer of 877 by the new sultan, Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Tamini, who led a large force to seize the great eastern city of Syracuse.
After a long siege, with no aid from the Emperor Basil I, Syracuse was starved into surrender. The city fell on May 21, 878.
Aftermath: After the fall of Syracuse, the Byzantines had the control of only a short stretch of coast around Taormina. The fall of Taormina in 902 secured Muslim control of Sicily .