Battle of Apros

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Battle of Apros
Part of the Byzantine–Latin wars
Date July 1305
Location Apros, Thrace
Result Crushing Catalan victory
Belligerents
Byzantine Empire Catalan Company
Commanders and leaders
Michael IX Palaiologos no clear leader
Strength
over 14,000 ca. 2,500

The Battle of Apros occurred between the forces of the Byzantine Empire, under co-emperor Michael IX Palaiologos, and the forces of the Catalan Company, at Apros on July 1305. The Catalan Company had been hired by the Byzantines as mercenaries against the Turks, but despite the Catalans' successes against the Turks, the two sides distrusted each other, and their relationship was strained by the Catalans' financial demands. Eventually, Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos and his son and co-ruler Michael IX had the Catalan leader, Roger de Flor, assassinated with his entourage in April 1305. In July, the Byzantine army, comprising a large contingent of Alans as well as many Turcopoles, confronted the Catalans and their own Turkish allies near Apros in Thrace. Despite the imperial army's numerical superiority, the Alans withdrew after the first charge, whereupon the Turcopoles deserted en block to the Catalans. The Catalans proceeded to ravage Thrace for two years, before moving west and south through Greece, to conquer the Latin Duchy of Athens in 1311.

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Coordinates: 40°58′02″N 27°31′14″E / 40.96722°N 27.52056°E / 40.96722; 27.52056