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1277 Battle of Pharsalus ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: Victory of the Despotate of Thessaly over the Imperial Byzantine forces late 1277
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Greeks of Thessaly
Despotate Wars
Battle Type:
Pitched Battle
The Battlefield Pharsalus Location:
Pharsala, in Thessaly, Central Greece
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Michael VIII Palaiologos) The Enemies
Commander: John Synadenos & Michael Kaballarios Despot John I Doukas of Thessaly
Background story: After his rather unsuccessful campaign against the despot of Thessaly, in early 1270’s, the Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos sent a new army in 1277 under megas stratopedarches John Synadenos and megas kontostavlos Michael Kaballarios
The Battle:
In the battle that was fought in late 1277, John I Doukas Despot of Thessaly (also known as "John the Bastard") achieved a crushing victory against the Imperial Byzantine army. Synadenos was captured, while Kaballarios died shortly afterwards of his wounds.
Aftermath: Emperor Michael VIII tried prepared a new invasion in 1282 but he died before the launch of this campaign. John Doukas remained ruler of Thessaly until his death in 1289. Thessaly lasted until 1318.