Giorgakis Olympios

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Giorgakis Olympios
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Native name Greek: Γιωργάκης Ολύμπιος
Romanian: Iordache Olimpiotul
Born 1772
Livadi, Larissa, Ottoman Empire
Died 1821 (aged 48–49)
Neamţ, Moldavia
Allegiance
Battles/wars

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

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 during the First Serbian Uprising (he is known in Serbia as Kapetan Jorgać, Captain Giorgakis).

Olympios became a supporter of the ideas diffused by 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 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 leader.

Greek War of Independence[edit]

Olympios entered 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 as a fighter, alongside his own men. They had three children: sons Milan, Aleksandar, and daughter Jevrosima.[2]

At the beginning of the Greek Revolution, when the Eteria began its expedition in Moldavia and Wallachia, Olympios was appointed leader of the Greek forces in Bucharest by Alexander Ypsilantis. When Vladimirescu distanced himself from the Fililiki Eteria, Olympios was responsible for his arrest on June 1 in Goleşti.

He took part in the 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 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]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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.

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