|503||Battle at Sifrion||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||A defeat of the Byzantine army by the Persians||August 503|
|War & Enemy:||
Anastasian War [502-506]
|The Battlefield|| Location:
At the village of Sifrion close to a fortress named Apadana(?) or Ashparin(?). The exact location is not known but it was in the area of Amida (Diyarbakir)
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Anastasius I)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Patricius & Hypatius||Shah Kavadh I|
|Background story:||Emperor Anastasius, determined to recover Mesopotamia from Shah Kawad, dispatched a considerable army from Thrace under Patricius, Areobindus, and his own nephew Hypatius. Patricius and Hypatius laid siege to Amida, while Areobindus encamped near Dara to stop a new invasion but, when the enemy, reinforced by Arabs and Ephthalites, prepared to attack, Areobindus fled and abandoned his camp.
Patricius and Hypatius on hearing of Areobindus' flight raised the siege of Amida and marched to meet the Persians. On their way, they met a force of 800 Ephtalites and killed them all. After this, the army stopped to eat by a river near the village Sifrion.
The Persians under Kawad himself found them there while eating and unarmed. The Byzantines were routed and only a few escaped and fled to Samosata.
Kawad’s attempts to take after this Constantina, Edessa, and Carrhae by assault were unsuccessful.