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1264 Battle of Thessalonica ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: Victory of the Imperial Byzantine forces against the Despotate of Epirus 1264
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Greeks of Epirus
Despotate Wars
Battle Type:
Pitched Battle
The Battlefield Thessalonica Location:
Modern Thessaloniki, Northern Greece
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Michael VIII Palaiologos) The Enemies
Commander: Sebastokrator John Palaiologos Necephoros Doukas
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Background story: Following the Byzantine restoration in Constantinople, Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos determined to beat Michael II Doukas, the Despotes of Epirus, who had been part of the alliance against him at Pelagonia (1259). He sent an army against him under Alexios Strategopoulos but Alexios was repulsed by the son of Michael II, Nikephoros Komnenos Doukas. Alexios was taken prisoner.
The Battle:
After the defeat of Strategopoulos, Michael VIII sent a fresh force led by his brother John Palaiologos and secured a decisive victory at Thessalonica.
Aftermath: Michael II of Epirus agreed to become a vassal of the Byzantine emperor. As part of the peace agreement, Nikephoros was married to Anna Kantakouzene, a niece of Michael VIII. The peace did not last long.