Alp Arslam (1029-1072), Seljuk Sultan (1063-1072)
Son of Togrul Beg, who had conquered Baghdad and made himself ruler of the Caliphate. Alp Arslam succeeded his father in 1063, and conquered Syria and Palestine before turning his attention to Byzantium. At the battle of Manzikert (1071), he destroyed the Imperial army, and captured the Byzantine Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes, allowing the Turkish occupation of most of Asia Minor, what is now modern Turkey. He was succeeded in 1072 by his son Malik Shah, under whom Seljuk power reached its peak.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (17 October 2001), Alp Arslam (1029-1072), Seljuk Sultan (1063-1072), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_alparslam.html