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1194 Battle of Arcadiopolis ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: A Bulgarian victory 1194
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Uprising of Asen and Peter
Battle Type:
Pitched Battle
The Battlefield Arcadiopolis Location:
Arcadiopolis modern Lüleburgaz, in the European part of Turkey, 80 km west of Constantinople
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Isaac II Angelos) The Enemies
Commander: Alexios Gidos & Basil Vatatzes Tsar Ivan Asen
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Background story: After the major Bulgarian success in the battle of Tryavna in 1190 their troops launched frequent attacks on Thrace and Macedonia. In 1194 Ivan Asen I had taken the important city of Sofia and the surrounding areas as well as the upper valley of the Struma River from where his armies advanced deep into Macedonia.
The Byzantine Emperor Isaac II Angelos assembled the Eastern army under its commander Alexios Gidos and the Western army under its Domestic Basil Vatatzes to stop the dangerous rise of Bulgarian power.
The Battle:
Bulgarian warriors
The Byzantine army met the Bulgarians at Arcadiopolis. After a fierce battle the Byzantine armies were annihilated. Most of Gidos' troops perished and he had to flee for his life, while the Western army was fully slaughtered and Basil Vatatzes was killed on the battlefield.
Aftermath: Isaac tried to raise yet another army in alliance with the Hungarians, but he had become very unpopular after his defeats and was overthrown and blinded by his brother, Alexius III, who eventually persuaded the Bulgarians to make peace.