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Sinnion (Σιννίων, Σισίννιος ; undetermined origin, perhaps Persian[1]) was ruler of the Kutrigurs in the 6th century. Somewhere after 551, when the Utigurs led by Sandilch attacked the Kutrigurs who suffered great losses,[2] the Kutrigurs made a peace treaty with Byzantine Empire, and 2000 Kutrigurs on gallop with wives and children led by Sinnion entered Empire service and were settled in Thrace.[2][3]

Sinnion was a veteran of Belisarius expedition against the Vandals at their Vandal Kingdom in North Africa in 533.[3][4] Noted for their strength and bravery,[4] Sinnion and Balas led a group of 600 Massagetae auxiliares (all mounted archers),[1] at the Battle of Ad Decimum (September 13, 533).[5]

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  1. ^ a b Maenchen-Helfen, Otto J. (1973). "Chapter IX. Language: 7. Names of undetermined origin". The World of the Huns: Studies in Their History and Culture. University of California Press. pp. 390, 420. ISBN 9780520015968. 
  2. ^ a b Golden 2011, p. 140.
  3. ^ a b Curta 2015, p. 76–77.
  4. ^ a b Martindale, John Robert (1971). The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Volume 3. Cambridge University Press. p. 169. ISBN 9780521201605. 
  5. ^ Syvänne, Ilkka (2004). The Age of Hippotoxotai: Art of War in Roman Military Revival and Disaster (491-636). Tampere University Press. pp. 417, 418, 434. ISBN 9789514459184.