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922 Battle of Pegae ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: A humiliating defeat of the Byzantines by the Bulgarians March 922
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Bulgarian Wars
Battle Type:
Pitched Battle
The Battlefield Pegae Location:
Modern village of Balali in eastern Thrace, near Constantinople
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Romanos I Lekapenos) The Enemies
Commander: Pothos Argyros & Alexios Mosele Theodore Sigritsa
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Background story: After his big victories in 917, Tsar Symeon of Bulgaria tried to assume the Byzantine throne. His first step was to become a regent of the juvenile Emperor Constantine VII, but in 919 admiral Romanos Lekapenos, who was trying to prevent the Bulgarian influence in Byzantium, replaced the young Emperor's mother Zoe as regent and by 920 he proclaimed himself for co-Emperor which ruined Symeon's ambitions to ascend the throne by diplomatic means. In 920 the Bulgarian Emperor waged a war and a took almost all Byzantine possessions on the Balkans between 920-924.
The Battle:
In 922, a large Bulgarian army under the first minister Theodore Sigritsa marched swiftly through the Strandzha Mountains and reached the outskirts of Constantinople. Romanos sent troops under the Domestic of the Schools Pothos Argyros and the admiral Alexios Mosele to face the Bulgarians. The battle took place at Pegae. The initial Bulgarian blow was irresistible, and the Byzantine commanders were the first to flee, with Mosele drowning in a desperate attempt to reach a ship. Most of the Byzantine soldiers and sailors were killed, drowned, or captured.
Aftermath: After the battle the Bulgarians burned the palaces in Pegae, looted the Golden Horn, and triumphantly returned to Preslav.