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573 Battle of Daras ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Persians besieged and captured the city of Dara November 573
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Sassanid Persians
War:
Byzantine-Persian Wars
Battle Type:
City Capture
The Battlefield Daras Location:
Dara (Gr: Δαράς), in modern Turkey, near the Syrian borders
Modern Country:
Turkey
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Justin II) The Enemies
Commander: Emperor Marcian Shah Khosrau I
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Losses:
Background story: Less than a decade after the fifty-year peace treaty of 562, tensions between Byzantium and Persia amounted at all points of intersection between the two empires' spheres of influence. The war was triggered by pro-Byzantine revolts in areas of the Caucasus under Persian hegemony and also by the denial of the Byzantines to pay the annual tribute.
The Battle:
Daras
After a victory at Sargathon in 573, the Byzantines laid siege to Nisibis and were apparently on the point of capturing the main stronghold of the Persian frontier defenses, when the abrupt dismissal of their general Marcian led to a disorderly retreat. Taking advantage of Byzantine confusion, Sassanid forces under Khosrau swiftly counter-attacked and encircled Dara, capturing the city after a six-month siege.
Noteworthy:
Aftermath: The fall of Dara was the event that caused the madness of emperor Justin II.