Battle of Pegae

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Battle of Pegae
Part of the Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars:
War of 913–927
Date March 922
Location Village of Balakla, near Constantinople
Result Bulgarian victory
Bulgarian Empire Byzantine Empire
Commanders and leaders
Theodore Sigritsa Pothos Argyros
Leo Argyros
Alexios Mosele  
John the Rhaiktor
Large army Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Heavy

The Battle of Pegae (Bulgarian: битка при Пиги) occurred between 11 March and 18 March 922 in the outskirts of Constantinople. The result was a Bulgarian victory.

Origins of the conflict[edit]

After the major victories in 917, Simeon I of Bulgaria tried to assume the Byzantine throne. His first step was to become a regent of the juvenile Emperor Constantine VII, but in 919 admiral Romanos Lekapenos, who was trying to prevent the Bulgarian influence in Byzantium, replaced the young Emperor's mother Zoe Zaoutzaina as regent and by 920 he proclaimed himself for co-Emperor which ruined Simeon's ambitions to ascend the throne by diplomatic means. In 920 the Bulgarian Emperor waged a war and a took almost all Byzantine possessions on the Balkans in 920–924.

The battle[edit]

In 922, a large Bulgarian army under the Kavhan Theodore Sigritsa marched swiftly through the Strandzha Mountains and reached the outskirts of Constantinople. Romanos sent troops under the Domestic of the Schools Pothos Argyros and the admiral Alexios Mosele to face the Bulgarians. The battle took place at Pegae. The initial Bulgarian blow was irresistible, and the Byzantine commanders were the first to flee, with Mosele drowning in a desperate attempt to reach a ship. Most of the Byzantine soldiers and sailors were killed, drowned, or captured.


After the battle the Bulgarians burned the palaces in Pegae, looted the Golden Horn, and triumphantly returned to Preslav.


Coordinates: 41°00′44″N 28°58′34″E / 41.01224°N 28.976018°E / 41.01224; 28.976018