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1068-1071 Capture of Bari ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Normans captured the city and the rest of Apulia Aug 1068-Apr 1071
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Norman Conquest of Southern Italy
Battle Type:
City Capture
The Battlefield Bari Location:
Bari, Apulia in South Italy
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Romanos IV Diogenes) The Enemies
Commander: Avartuteles Robert Guiscard
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Losses: Heavy, including civilians Heavy
Background story: By 1060, only a few coastal cities in Apulia were still in Byzantine hands: during the previous few decades, the Normans had increased their possessions in southern Italy and now aimed to the complete expulsion of the Byzantines from the peninsula before concentrating on the conquest of Sicily. Large military units were thus called from Sicily and, under Count Geoffrey of Conversano, laid siege to Otranto. The next move was the arrival of Robert Guiscard, with a large corps, who laid siege to the Byzantine of Bari on 5 August 1068.
The Battle:
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Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes named a new catepan, Avartuteles, and provided him with a fleet with men and supplies for Bari. The Byzantine fleet arrived in the city in early 1069, but in the meantime a Byzantine field army was defeated by the Normans, who occupied Gravina and Obbiano. Robert did not return immediately to Bari, and in the January 1070 he moved to Brindisi to help the Norman forces then besieging that coastal fortress. Brindisi capitulated in the autumn of 1070.
The situation in Bari became critical, and the population suffered from famine. After another attempt to supply the city with grain from Byzantium failed, the inhabitants were forced to negotiate. The Normans offered acceptable conditions, and Bari surrendered on April 1071.
Aftermath: A milestone. The end of the Byzantine (and Greek) presence in Italy.