|804||Battle of Krasos (Crasus)||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||Victory of the Arabs||September 804|
|War & Enemy:||
|The Battlefield|| Location:
In Krasos, Phrygia in modern Eskisehir province, Turkey
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Nikephoros I)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Emperor Nikephoros I||Ibrahim ibn Jibril|
|Background story:|| Nikephoros I, had dethroned Empress Irene of Athens and became emperor in October 802. The new ruler refused to pay the tribute imposed by Caliph Harun al-Rashid on Irene.
Nikephoros knew that after this the Arabs would attack and he collected a powerful army in Asia Minor. This army however, broke out into rebellion and proclaimed their commander Bardanes Tourkos as emperor. The Caliph Harun al-Rashid, taking advantage of the situation, invaded to Asia Minor. When the rebellion of Bardanes was put out, Nikephoros was afraid to trust any veteran general with the command of a large army, and took the command himself.
In August 804, Harun dispatched another raid under his general Ibrahim ibn Jibril. Nikephoros set out to meet them, but before he met with them he was forced to return because of some unspecified event in his back (possibly, a conspiracy). On his march back, however, the Arabs launched a surprise attack on him at Krasos in Phrygia and defeated his army. According to Arabian sources, the Byzantines lost 40,700 men and 4,000 pack animals, while the Byzantine emperor himself was thrice wounded.
|Aftermath:||Preoccupied with trouble in Khorasan, Harun accepted tribute and made peace. An exchange of prisoners was also arranged.|