Odysseas Androutsos was a prominent figure in the Greek Revolution of 1821. While the exact date and place of his birth have not been definitively established, it is believed that he was born in Ithaka between 1788 and 1789. He was the son of Andreas Verousis, also known as captain Androutsos.
In 1806, at the age of 18, he joined the court of Ali Pasha of Ioannina and became one of his commanders. In 1818 he became a member of the secret organization “Filiki Etairia”, which supported the cause of liberating Greece from its Ottoman rulers. Having fought for Ali Pasha until 1820, he went on to fight for the Greek War of Independence, having obtained the command from the “Filiki Etairia” to lead the revolution in the eastern part of the Greek mainland. One of the highlights of Androutsos’ achievements was the battle of the Gravia Inn in 1821, where, alongside very few men, he managed to defeat the Ottoman forces of Omer Vrioni.
In the spring of 1822 he was falsely accused by Ioannis Kolettis of collaborating with the enemy, resulting in his resignation and consequent imprisonment. He lost his life in June 5th 1825, having been imprisoned and tortured in the Acropolis.
In modern Greece he is considered a hero and a symbol of freedom.
*Το άρθρο αυτό είναι εργασία του Αντώνη Κάσδαγλη για τους ήρωες και τις ηρωίδες του ΄21 στο πλαίσιο του μαθήματος των Αγγλικών. Ευχαριστούμε τόσο τον μαθητή όσο και την καθηγήτρια, κα Έφη Σαμαρά, που το επιμελήθηκε.