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Giorgakis Olympios
Giorgakis Olympios
(Greek: Γιωργάκης Ολύμπιος; Romanian: Iordache Olimpiotul; 1772–1821) was a Greek armatolos and military commander during the Greek War of Independence
Greek War of Independence
against the Ottoman Empire. Noted for his activities with the Filiki Eteria
Filiki Eteria
in the Danubian Principalities, he is considered to be a leading figure of the Greek Revolution.


1 Biography

1.1 Early activities 1.2 Greek War of Independence

2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Early activities[edit] Olympios was of Aromanian origin.[1] He was born in the village of Livadi, near Larissa, on Mount Olympus, in Ottoman-ruled Greece. After joining the Armatolikia in the Olympus area around the age of 20, Olympios became a prominent member of the local society by protecting villages from the Ali Pasha's raids, when the powerful Pasha started expanding his authority out of Epirus. In 1798, however, he was forced to abandon his birthplace, due to Ali Pasha's hostility towards him, and fled to Serbia, where he collaborated for some time with Karađorđe Petrović
Karađorđe Petrović
during the First Serbian Uprising
First Serbian Uprising
(he is known in Serbia
as Kapetan Jorgać, Captain Giorgakis). Olympios became a supporter of the ideas diffused by Rigas Feraios
Rigas Feraios
for a common Balkan revolution against the Ottoman rule, and moved to Wallachia. There, with the help of Constantine Ypsilantis, he composed a military force of Greeks
to fight alongside the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
in the Russo-Turkish War of 1806. After the Battle of Ostrova, he was named a Polkovnik
in the Russian Army. Emperor Alexander I included him in the Russian military escort during the Congress of Vienna, where Olympios met with Alexander Ypsilantis, a Filiki Eteria
Filiki Eteria
leader. Greek War of Independence[edit] Olympios entered Filiki Eteria
Filiki Eteria
in 1817, taking the high rank of Shepherd. He initiated many others in the Eteria, and established contacts with the Wallachian Pandur Tudor Vladimirescu, who led the parallel uprising of 1821. Olympios married Čučuk Stana, the widow of Hajduk Veljko, who had arrived from Serbia
to participate in the Greek War of Independence
Greek War of Independence
as a fighter, alongside his own men. They had three children: sons Milanos and Alexandros and daughter Euphrosyne.[2][not in citation given] At the beginning of the Greek War of Independence, when the Eteria began its expedition in Moldavia
and Wallachia, Olympios was appointed leader of the Greek forces in Bucharest
by Alexander Ypsilantis, at first cooperating with Tudor Vladimirescu, who led the parallel Wallachian uprising. However, when Vladimirescu distanced himself from the Fililiki Eteria, Olympios was responsible for his arrest on June 1 in Goleşti - following which Vladimirescu was summarily put to death . He took part in the Battle of Sculeni
Battle of Sculeni
on June 29, 1821, where Ottoman forces chased him (along with Yiannis Pharmakis and a small force of 400 Greeks) to the Secu Monastery in the Neamț County, where the Greeks
made their last stand. Olympios died during the Ottoman attack on the monastery. His widow and children fled to Khotyn, then part of the Bessarabia Governorate
Bessarabia Governorate
of the Russian Empire, where other people of the Serbian- and Greek War, had taken refuge. After the liberation of Greece, Stana and her children moved to Athens.[2] See also[edit]

Hadži-Prodan Gligorijević, fellow Serbian revolutionary that participated in the same wars Vasos Mavrovouniotis, fellow Montenegrin Serb revolutionary that participated in the Greek War


^ Giannēs Koliopoulos. Λεηλασία Φρονημάτων. p. 85. ... of a separate Vlach armed band, named after Georgakis Olympios, the Vlach hero of the Greek War of Independence.  ^ a b [Δημήτρης Φωτιάδης,Επανάσταση του 21 , τ.Α,σ.445]

Paroulakis, Peter H. The Greeks: Their Struggle For Independence. Hellenic International Press, 1984. ISBN 0-9590894-1-1. Stratiki, Poti. To Athanato 1821. Stratikis Bros, 1990. ISBN 960-7261-50-X.

External links[edit]

Biography of Giorgakis Olympios

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