Alparslan, the Seljuk Sultan, was determined to conquer the city of Ani, but before that, he needed to capture the surrounding castles, cities, and lands. In the previous episode, he had shown his power to Bagrat, the Georgian king, by displaying the keys to the castles he had taken from Byzantine vassals. He had also revealed to Bagrat that the vassals had been killed by Leon’s order, thus breaking the Byzantine front. In this episode, Alparslan would continue his march to the conquest of Ani with renewed vigor.
The Road to Conquest: Alparslan’s Strategy
One Castle at a Time
Alparslan knew that conquering Ani would not be an easy task. He needed to weaken the Byzantine defenses and secure his flanks before launching a full-scale assault. To achieve this, he focused on taking control of the surrounding castles, cities, and lands. In this episode, we will see him continue his conquest by capturing more castles and extending his reach.
Show of Power
Alparslan also knew the importance of propaganda in war. In the previous episode, he had shown Bagrat the keys to the castles he had taken from the Byzantine vassals. This episode, he would go one step further by displaying the documents that proved that the vassals had been killed by Leon’s order. This show of power would not only weaken the Byzantine defenses but also bolster his own troops’ morale.
Education and Science
Alparslan was not only a great warrior but also a wise ruler. He knew that the key to long-term success was not just military conquest but also education and science. In this episode, we will see him launch an educational campaign through Seferiye to raise the Seljuk nation’s intellectual level.
The Byzantine Response: Leon’s Plan
Facing Bagrat’s Anger
Bagrat was furious when he learned that the Byzantine vassals had been killed by Leon’s order. He demanded an explanation from Leon and threatened to withdraw his support. In this episode, we will see how Leon responds to Bagrat’s anger and tries to salvage their alliance.
New Plan to Stop Alparslan
Leon knew that Alparslan’s march to Ani could not be allowed to continue. In this episode, we will see him come up with a new plan to stop Alparslan and protect the Byzantine Empire’s borders. But will his plan be successful, or will Alparslan’s march to Ani continue unabated?
The Seljuk Response: Kavurd and Mansur
Kavurd, one of Alparslan’s trusted commanders, had been injured in battle and was lying in bed. Mansur, another Seljuk commander, came to him and informed him that Alparslan had given his property to Fazluye. Kavurd was outraged and felt betrayed. In this episode, we will see whether Kavurd accepts Alparslan’s decision or raises the flag of rebellion.
Facing Rebellion on the Road to Ani
Alparslan knew that his march to Ani was not just threatened by the Byzantine Empire but also by internal dissent. In this episode, we will see what Alparslan does when faced with rebellion while walking to Ani. Will he be able to quell the rebellion and maintain the momentum of his conquest?