Anagnostaras (Greek: Αναγνωσταράς; 1760 in Poliani – May 8, 1825[1] in Sphacteria) was a Greek revolutionary, a leading member of the Filiki Etaireia, and later a general and War Minister of the Greek War of Independence. Anagnostaras is a nom de guerre, he was born as Christos Papageorgiou (Greek: Χρήστος Παπαγεωργίου) and signed as Anagnostis Papageorgiou (Greek: Αναγνώστης Παπαγεωργίου).[2]

Anagnostis Papageorgiou
Anagnostaras by Hess
Anagnostaras in the Battle of Valtetsi
by Peter von Hess
Birth nameChristos Papageorgiou
Poliani, Ottoman Empire
DiedMay 8, 1825
Sphacteria, Greece


Anagnostaras was born in 1760 at the village of Poliani in Messenia; his family originated from the Leontari area of Arcadia.[2][3] In 1803 he moved to the island Zakynthos and starting his military service in the Imperial Russian Army until 1813, when he moved to Odessa to ask his arrears of salary.[4]

Activity for the Filiki Etaireia

At Odessa in 1817, he was initiated into the Filiki Etaireia by Nikolaos Skoufas, became a "priest" and in March 1817 he was sent to Moscow to meat Athanasios Tsakalov,[5] who sent him to the islands of Hydra and Spetses to search for "neophyte" members.[6] Later in the same year went to Constantinople, were found Papaflessas and initiated him on 21 June 1818, then returned to Zakynthos and initiated Theodoros Kolokotronis on 1 December 1818.[7]

Later he was sent to the Peloponnese to continue his activity,[3] in which paradoxically he used a buzuki to sing poems of Rigas Feraios and songs of Klephts. The result of his tour was to be elected to the higher grade of "Apostle".[8] Emmanuil Xanthos gave to Anagnostaras the code number 108 for correspondence with the other members of society.[9] He was the first initiated Apostle of the Etaireia, after him were initiated Christoforos Perraivos, Yiannis Pharmakis and Ilias Chrysospathis.[10]

Service in the Greek War of Independence

When the Greek War of Independence began in March 1821, Anagnostaras was present at the Liberation of Kalamata on 23 March 1821,[3] when Greek irregular revolutionary forces took control of the city after the surrender of the Ottoman garrison, without fighting, as a Major under the command of Petrobey Mavromichalis. On 30 September 1821, along with Theodoros Kolokotronis, Kyriakoulis Mavromichalis and Panagiotis Giatrakos, he signed an agreement to confirm the position of the Peloponnesian Senate's members, and they came to rupture with Alexandros Ypsilantis, who eventually retreated.[11] Anagnostaras was promoted to General and became member of the War Commission.[3]

In March 1822, Anagnostaras along with Panagiotis Kefalas and Giatrakos' family supported Georgios Kountouriotis to form a new government at Myloi.[12] In May 1822, after the reshuffles of Second National Assembly at Astros, he became War Minister of the provisional government.[13]

He fought in the Battle of Valtetsi (May 12, 1821),[14] the Siege of Tripolitsa (September 1821),[15] the Siege of Corinth (December 1821 – January 1822)[16] and many other battles until 8 May 1825 when he was killed in the Battle of Sphacteria.[17]


  1. ^ Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.
  2. ^ a b Filimon, I. (1834), p. 185: Note (a).
  3. ^ a b c d Great Military and Naval Encyclopedia (1929), vol. 2, p. 130.
  4. ^ Flessas, C. (1842), pp. 144-145.
  5. ^ Flessas, C. (1842), pp. 34-35.
  6. ^ Flessas, C. (1842), pp. 41, 145.
  7. ^ History of the Hellenic Nation (1971), vol. 12, pp. 76-77.
  8. ^ Filimon, I. (1834), pp. 201-202.
  9. ^ Flessas, C. (1842), p. 36: File of Xanthos, no. 1818/11a.
  10. ^ Flessas, C. (1842), p. 44: List of 12 Etairoi and 15 Apostles.
  11. ^ History of the Hellenic Nation (1971), vol. 12, pp. 197-198.
  12. ^ History of the Hellenic Nation (1971), vol. 12, pp. 328-329.
  13. ^ History of the Hellenic Nation (1971), vol. 12, p. 299.
  14. ^ Autobiography of Kolokotrones (1892), p. 141.
  15. ^ Autobiography of Kolokotrones (1892), p. 149.
  16. ^ History of the Hellenic Nation (1971), vol. 12, pp. 182, 217.
  17. ^ History of the Hellenic Nation (1971), vol. 12, p. 382.


  • Kolokotrones, the Klepht and the Warrior, Sixty Years of Peril and Daring. An autobiography. London: T. Fisher Unwin. 1892. pp. 135–205. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  • Filimon, Ioannis (1834). Dokimion peri tis Filikis Etairias (in Greek). Nauplio: Kondaxis-Loulakis. p. 185.
  • Flessas, Konstantinos (1842). History of the Sacred Struggle (PDF) (in Greek). Athens: P.A. Komnenos. pp. 34–44, 144–145. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  • "Anagnostaras". Μεγάλη Στρατιωτική και Ναυτική Εγκυκλοπαιδεία. Τόμος Β′: Αλαρκόν – Γωνιόμετρον (in Greek). Athens: Έκδοσις Μεγάλης Στρατιωτικής και Ναυτικής Εγκυκλοπαιδείας. 1929. p. 130.
  • History of the Hellenic Nation, Vol. XII: The Greek Revolution (1821–1832) (in Greek). Ekdotiki Athinon. 1971. pp. 373–380. ISBN 960-213-097-0. OCLC 636806977. OL 18546042M.
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He was born in 1790 in Soudena near Kalavryta. He was the son of Athanasios Petimezas. After his father was murdered in 1804 he fled to British-held Zakynthos, and enrolled in the British-sponsored Greek light infantry units.

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The Second National Assembly at Astros (Greek: Βʹ Εθνοσυνέλευση στο Άστρος) was the second Greek National Assembly, a national representative body of the Greeks who had rebelled against the Ottoman Empire.

It convened at Astros between 29 March and 18 April 1823 under the chairmanship of Petros Mavromichalis. Its most important task was the revision of the Constitution of Epidaurus, adopted in the First National Assembly. The new Constitution was voted on April 13, and was called the Epidaurus Law to stress its continuity with the one of 1822. It was legally more articulate as compared to its predecessor. It allowed a slight superiority to the Legislative power as opposed to the Executive, given the fact that the latter's veto power was circumcised from an absolute to a suspending one. The new Constitution also marked an improvements as far as the protection of human rights was concerned: property was protected, as was the honor and the security not only of Greeks but of all persons on Greek territory; it established the freedom of the press and abolished slavery. It also abolished local governments. However, the great disadvantage of the yearly term of the Administrative branches remained unaltered, a result of the ever-growing distrust between politicians and the military. The Assembly of Astros passed a new electoral law, according to which the right to vote was bestowed to men rather than to seniors, while the voting age went down from 30 to 25 years.

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