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Battle of Telephis–Ollaria
Part of the Lazic War
Date553 AD
LocationTelephis–Ollaria, Byzantine Empire
Result Sasanian victory
Sasanian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Large force

The assault on Telephis–Ollaria occurred in 553 during the Lazic War between the Sasanian Empire and the Byzantine Empire.

The primary source of this conflict is the Byzantine historian Agathias, who seems to have access to the reports of the inquiry into the defeat.[1]

The Byzantines had just reinforced the region with a large force under the generals Martin, Bessas, and Bouzes, accompanied by Justin, son of Germanus, with Martin stationing at the strategic frontier stronghold of Telephis, which featured a difficult terrain, and Bessas and Justin stationing at Ollaria, which was located nearby. The Sasanian general Mihr-Mihroe was already stationed nearby at Kutais. Knowing that he can not defeat the Byzantine force right away, he immediately used disinformation against them, which led them to relax their defenses. The following Sasanian assault caused a general retreat of the Byzantines at Telephis, and later Ollaria, westward as far as the stronghold at Nesos "island". Mihr-Mihroe was not able to follow up the victory due to supply problems and lack of siege equipment and retreated to Mocheresis, reinforcing his strategic garrison at Onoguris in his way, and died of illness shortly afterwards.[2][3]


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