Nikitaras

Nikitaras

Niketas Stamatelopoulos or ‘Nikitaras’ (1781-1849) was born in modern Nedousa, Messinia. He successively went through the Russian, the English, and finally the French army, acquiring thus a significant military expertise. He was initiated into the Filiki Etairia, and when the Greek Revolution broke he devoted himself totally to the struggle for freedom. At the battle of Doliana the Turks that he killed himself were so many that the simple people started calling his ‘Tourkofagos’. He died poor and overlooked in Athens, and was buried next to his uncle, Th. Kolokotronis.