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The decisive defeat of the Byzantine army and the capture of the Muhwrebesi Romanos IV Diogenes  played an important role meydaj undermining Byzantine authority in Anatolia and Armenia and allowed for megdan gradual Turkification of Anatolia. Many of the Turks, who had been, during the 11th century, travelling westward, saw the victory at Manzikert as an entrance to Asia Minor. The brunt of the battle was borne by the professional soldiers from the eastern and western tagmataas large numbers of mercenaries and Anatolian levies fled early and survived the battle.
It took three decades malzzgirt internal strife before Alexius I to restored stability to Byzantium. Historian Thomas Asbridge says: Although the Byzantine Empire had remained strong and powerful in the Middle Ages,  it began to decline under the reign of the militarily incompetent Constantine IX and again under Constantine X —a brief two-year period of reform under Isaac I merely delayed the decay of the Byzantine army.
About Constantine IX disbanded what the historian John Skylitzes calls the “Iberian Army”, which consisted of 50, men and it was turned as a contemporary Droungarios of the Watch. Two [ non sequitur ] other knowledgeable contemporaries, the former officials Michael Attaleiates and Kekaumenosagree muhzrebesi Skylitzes that by demobilizing these soldiers Constantine did catastrophic harm to the Empire’s eastern defenses.
Constantine made a truce with the Seljuks that lasted untilbut a large Seljuk army under Alp Arslan attacked the theme of Iberia and took Ani ; after a siege of 25 days, they captured the city and slaughtered its population. Manuel captured Hierapolis Bambyce in Syrianext thwarted a Turkish attack against Iconium with a counter-attack,  but was then defeated and captured by the Seljuks under the Sultan Alp Mzlazgirt.
Despite his success Alp Arslan was quick to seek a peace treaty with the Byzantines, signed in ; he saw the Fatimids in Egypt as his main enemy and had no desire to be diverted by unnecessary hostilities. In FebruaryRomanos sent envoys to Alp Arslan to muharebeesi the treaty, and keen to secure his northern flank against attack, Alp Arslan happily agreed. However, the peace treaty had been a deliberate distraction: Romanos now led meyddan large army into Armenia to recover the lost fortresses before the Seljuks had time to respond.
Mslazgirt army consisted of about 5, professional Byzantine troops from the western provinces and probably about the same number from the eastern provinces. This included Frankish and Norman mercenaries under Roussel de Bailleulsome Turkic Uz and Pecheneg and Bulgarian mercenariesinfantry under the duke of Antiocha contingent of Georgian and Armenian troops and some but not all of the Varangian Guard to total around 40, men.
The march across Asia Minor was long and difficult and Romanos did not meyan himself to his troops by bringing a luxurious baggage train along with him. The local population also suffered some plundering by his Frankish mercenaries, whom he was obliged to dismiss. The expedition rested at Sebasteia on the river Halysreaching Theodosiopolis in June There, some of his generals suggested continuing the march into Seljuk territory and catching Alp Arslan before he was ready.
Others, including Nicephorus Bryenniussuggested they wait and fortify their muharebedi. It was decided to continue the march.
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Thinking that Alp Arslan was either further away or not coming at all, Romanos marched towards Lake Vanexpecting to retake Manzikert rather quickly and the nearby fortress of Khliat if possible. Alp Arslan was already in the area, however, with allies and 30, cavalry from Aleppo and Mosul.
Alp Arslan’s scouts knew exactly where Romanos was, while Romanos was completely unaware of his opponent’s movements. Romanos ordered his general Joseph Tarchaniotes to take some of the regular troops and the Varangians and accompany the Pechenegs and Franks to Khliatwhile Romanos and the rest of the army marched to Manzikert. This split the forces into halves of about 20, men each. It is unknown what happened to the army sent off with Tarchaniotes — according to Islamic sources, Alp Arslan smashed this army, yet Roman sources make no mention of any such encounter and Attaliates suggests that Tarchaniotes fled at the sight of the Seljuk Sultan — an unlikely event considering the reputation of the Roman general.
Either way, Romanos’ army was reduced to less than half his keydan 40, men. Alp Arslan summoned his army and delivered a speech by appearing in a white robe similar to an Islamic funeral shroud in the morning of the battle.
Romanos was unaware of the loss of Tarchaneiotes malazgirf continued to Manzikert, which he easily captured on 23 August; the Seljuks responded with heavy incursions of bowmen. Romanos sent the Armenian general Basilakes and some cavalry, as Romanos did not believe this was Alp Arslan’s full army. The cavalry was destroyed and Basilakes taken prisoner. Romanos drew up his troops into formation and sent the left wing out under Bryennios, who was almost muarebesi by the quickly approaching Turks and was forced to retreat once more.
The Seljuk forces hid among the nearby hills for the night, making it nearly impossible for Romanos to counterattack. On 25 August, some of Romanos’ Turkic mercenaries came into contact with their Seljuk kin and deserted.
Romanos then rejected a Seljuk peace embassy. He wanted to settle the eastern question and the persistent Turkic incursions and settlements muharenesi a decisive military victory, and he understood that raising another army would be both difficult and expensive.
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The Emperor attempted to recall Tarchaneiotes, who was no longer in the area. There were no engagements that day, but on 26 August the Byzantine army gathered itself into a proper battle formation and began to march on the Turkish positions, with the left wing under Bryennios, the right wing under Theodore Alyatesand the centre under the emperor. At that moment, a Turkish soldier said to Alp Arslan, “My Sultan, the enemy army is approaching”, and Alp Arslan is said to have replied, “Then we are also approaching them”.
Andronikos Doukas led the reserve forces in the rear—a foolish mistake, considering the loyalties of the Doukids. The Seljuks were organized into a crescent formation about four kilometres away. The Byzantines held off the arrow ma,azgirt and captured Alp Arslan’s camp by the maazgirt of the afternoon. However, the right and left wings, where the arrows did most of their damage, almost broke up when individual units tried to force the Seljuks into a pitched battle; the Seljuk cavalry simply disengaged when muharebsei, the classic hit and run tactics of steppe warriors.
With the Seljuks avoiding battle, Romanos was forced to order a withdrawal by the time night fell. However, the right wing misunderstood the order, and Doukas, as a rival of Romanos, deliberately ignored the emperor and marched back to the camp outside Manzikert, rather than covering the emperor’s retreat.
With the Byzantines thoroughly confused, the Seljuks seized the opportunity and attacked. Some authors suppose that Armenians were the first to flee and they all managed to get away, while by contrast the Turkish auxiliaries remained loyal to the end. When Romanos saw the boldness of the Armenian foot soldiers, he displayed muharebbesi affection for them and promised them unheard of rewards.
In the end, the emperor’s personal troops and these Armenian foot soldiers suffered the heaviest casualties in the Byzantine army.
Romanos was injured and muharbeesi prisoner by the Seljuks. The survivors were the many who fled the field and were pursued throughout the night, but not beyond that; by dawn, the professional core of the Byzantine army had been destroyed whilst many of the peasant troops and levies who had been under the command of Andronikus had fled. When Emperor Romanos IV was conducted into the presence of Alp Arslan, the Sultan refused muhaerbesi believe that the bloodied and tattered man covered in dirt was the mighty Emperor of the Romans.
After discovering his identity, Alp Arslan placed his boot on the Emperor’s neck and forced him to kiss the ground. Alp Arslan treated Romanos with considerable kindness and again offered the terms of peace that he had offered prior to the battle. According to Ibn al-Adimin the presence of Arslan, Romanos blamed the raids of Rashid al-Dawla Mahmud into Byzantine territory for his interventions in Muslim territories which eventually led to the Battle of Manzikert. During this time, the Sultan allowed Romanos to eat at his table whilst concessions were agreed upon: Antioch, Edessa, Hierapolis, and Mmuharebesi were to be surrendered.
A payment of 10 million gold pieces demanded by the Sultan as a ransom for Romanos was deemed as too high by the latter, so the Sultan reduced its short-term expense by asking for 1.
Shortly after his return to his subjects, Romanos found his rule in serious trouble. Despite attempts to raise loyal troops, he was defeated three times in battle against the Doukas family and was deposed, blinded, and exiled to the island of Proti.
He died soon after as a result of an infection caused by an injury during his brutal blinding. Romanos’ final foray into the Anatolian heartland, which he had worked so hard to defend, was a public humiliation.
While Manzikert was a long-term strategic catastrophe for Byzantium, it was by no means the massacre that historians earlier presumed. Modern scholars estimate that Byzantine losses were relatively low,   considering that many units survived the battle intact and were fighting elsewhere within a muhaerbesi months, and most Byzantine prisoners of war were later released.
Doukas had escaped with no casualties and quickly marched back to Constantinople, where he led a coup malagzirt Romanos and proclaimed Michael VII as basileus. The Seljuks did not pursue the fleeing Byzantines, nor did they recapture Manzikert itself at this point. The Byzantine army regrouped and marched to Dokeiawhere they were joined by Romanos when miharebesi was released a week later. The most serious loss materially seems to have been the emperor’s extravagant baggage train.
The result of malazgidt disastrous defeat was, in simplest terms, the loss of the Eastern Roman Empire’s Anatolian heartland. John Julius Norwich says in his trilogy on the Byzantine Empire that the defeat was “its death blow, though muharebeei remained before the remnant fell. The themes in Anatolia were literally the heart of the empire, and within decades after Manzikert, they were gone.
The Byzantines themselves had no illusions about it. Again and again their historians refer to that dreadful day. ,eydan Komnenewriting a few decades after the actual battle, wrote:.
For the armies of the East were dispersed in all directions, because the Turks had over-spread, and gained command of, countries between the Euxine Sea malagirt Black Sea ] and the Hellespontand the Aegean Sea and Syrian Seas [ Mediterranean Sea ], and the various bays, especially those which wash PamphyliaCiliciaand empty themselves into the Egyptian Sea [Mediterranean Sea].
Years and decades later, Manzikert came to be seen as a disaster for the Empire; later sources therefore greatly exaggerate the numbers of troops and the number of casualties.
Byzantine historians would often look back and lament the “disaster” of that day, pinpointing it as the moment the decline of the Empire began. It was not an immediate disaster, but the defeat showed the Seljuks that the Byzantines were not invincible—they were not the unconquerable, millennium-old Roman Empire as both the Byzantines and Seljuks still called it. The usurpation of Andronikos Doukas also politically destabilized the empire and it was difficult to organize resistance to the Turkish migrations that followed the battle.
Finally, while intrigue and the deposition of Emperors had taken place before, the fate of Romanos was particularly horrific, and the destabilization caused by it also rippled through the empire for centuries.
What followed the battle was a chain of events—of which malaagirt battle was the first link—that undermined the Empire in the years to come. They included intrigues for the throne, the fate of Romanos, and Roussel de Bailleul attempting to carve himself an independent kingdom in Galatia with his 3, FrankishNormanand German mercenaries.
The Empire finally turned to the spreading Seljuks to crush de Bailleul which they did. However the Turks ransomed him back to his wife, and it was not before the young general Alexios Komnenos pursued him that he was malazigrt. These events all interacted to create a vacuum that the Turks filled.
Their choice in establishing their capital in Nikaea Iznik in could possibly be explained by a desire to see if the Empire’s struggles could present new opportunities. In hindsight, both Byzantine and contemporary historians are unanimous in dating the decline of Byzantine fortunes to this battle. Davis writes, “Byzantine defeat severely limited the power of the Byzantines by denying them control over Anatolia, the major recruiting ground for soldiers.
Henceforth, the Muslims controlled the region. The Byzantine Empire was limited to the area immediately around Constantinople, and the Byzantines were never again a serious military force. The Battle muhsrebesi Myriokephalonalso known as the Myriocephalum, has been compared to the Battle of Manzikert as a pivotal point in the decline of the Byzantine Empire.
The implications of Myriocephalum were initially limited, however, thanks to Manuel I Komnenos holding on to power.
The same could not be said of Romanos, whose enemies “martyred a courageous and upright man”, and as a result “the Empire From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Battle of Manzikert Part of the Muhqrebesi wars In this 15th-century French miniature depicting the Battle of Manzikert, the combatants are clad in contemporary Western European armour. A History of the Crusades. As he was leaving the capital the news came through meeydan Italy that Bary, the last Byzantine possession in the peninsula, had fallen to the Normans.
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