Battle of Spercheios
Bulgars put to flight by Ouranos at the Spercheios River ©Chronicle of John Skylitzes
997 Jul 16

Battle of Spercheios

Spercheiós, Greece

The Battle of Spercheios took place in 997 AD, on the shores of the Spercheios river near the city of Lamia in central Greece. It was fought between a Bulgarian army led by Tsar Samuil, which in the previous year had penetrated south into Greece, and a Byzantine army under the command of general Nikephoros Ouranos. The Byzantine victory virtually destroyed the Bulgarian army, and ended its raids in the southern Balkans and Greece.