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Byzantium in the Seventh Century: Volume V: Justinian II, by Andreas N. Stratos

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91. cit. 428. 92. 364 "having demolished the bronze wall". - Zonaras, Ill, 321. l62. 93. 41. 94. 240. 24 Gregory Mamikonian who held this post for many years. 95 In the meantime, great trouble broke out in Armenia which lasted for over two years. 96 The invasion of the Khazars, who devastated several regions of Armenia, of Iberia (Georgia) and of Albania (south of the Caucasus) aggravated the situation. Gregory Mamikonian fought to stop their advance but perished in battle. 97 In 686, the Arabs appointed Ashot Bagratouni.

When Justinian was informed of the invasion, he marched with his army from Nicomedeia of Bithynia eastwards and following the north imperial route arrived at Amaseia, descended towards Sebasteia and entered Sebastoupolis. Mohammed, either because he was still on his razzia, or because he was informed of the direction which the Byzantine army had taken, marched to Sebastoupolis and there the battle took place. It is unfortunate that the accounts given about the battle by Theophanes and the other Byzantine chroniclers are so absurd that it is impossible to believe them.

Grousset, Histoire. 307. 103. , II, 321. 104. 363) the Arabs in reprisal occupied two powerful Byzantine cities. She refers also to Ghevond who, however, does not mention anything relevant. Theophanes writes that Abimeleh "occupied Circessium and Theopolis" but neither of the two cities were Byzantine. Circessium, today El-Bouzera, is a city of Mesopotamia on the river Euphrates and was occupied by the Arabs in 639-640. Theopolis is Antioch of Syria. It is possible that it was occupied by Mukhtar and for this reason Abd-al-Malik invaded Mesopotamia.

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