|917||Battle of Katasyrtai||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||The Bulgarians defeated the last Byzantine forces outside Constantinople||917|
|War & Enemy:||
|The Battlefield|| Location:
At the village of Katasyrtai, outside Constantinople
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Constantine VII Porfyrogenitos)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||General Leo Phocas||Tsar Symeon I|
|Background story:|| After the disastrous defeat in the battle of Anchialus on 20th August 917, the Bulgarian army marched against the Byzantine capital.
While the victorious Bulgarian army was marching southwards, the Byzantine commander Leo Phocas, who survived at Anchialus, reached Constantinople by sea and gathered the last Byzantine troops to intercept his enemy before reaching the capital.
The two armies met near the village of Katasyrtai, just outside Constantinople, and after a surprise night attack by the Bulgarians, the Byzantines were defeated again.
Symeon at the walls of Constantinople
|Noteworthy:||The Bulgarians may have lost a unique opportunity to take Constantinople.|
|Aftermath:||The last Byzantine military forces were destroyed and the way to Constantinople was opened but the Serbs rebelled in the west and the Bulgarians decided to secure their rear before the final assault against Constantinople.|