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Giorgakis Olympios
Native name Greek: Γιωργάκης Ολύμπιος
Romanian language: Iordache Olimpiotul
Born 1772
Died 1821 (aged 48–49)
Place of birth Livadi, Larissa, Ottoman Empire
Place of death Neamţ, Moldavia

Giorgakis Olympios (Greek: Γιωργάκης Ολύμπιος; Romanian language: 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.


Early activities

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). He became supporter of the ideas espoused by Rigas Feraios pertaining to a common Balkan revolution against 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 to the Russian military escort during the Congress of Vienna, where Olympios met with Alexander Ypsilantis.

Greek War of Independence

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 arrived from Serbia to participate in the Greek War of Independence as a fighter, alongside the men. They had three children: sons Milan, Aleksandar, and daughter Jevrosima.[1]

At the beginning of the Greek Revolution, when the Eteria began its expedition in Moldavia and Wallachia, he 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 Neamţ county where the Greeks made their last stand. Olympios died during the Ottoman attack on the monastery. His widow and children fled to Khotyn, Russia, where other people of the Serbian- and Greek War, took refuge. After the liberation of Greece, Stana and her children moved to Athens.[1]

See also

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 [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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