Pre-independence hero Antonis Katsantonis martyred
Of Agrafa in Sterea Ellada, an area known for its fierce resistance to Ottoman rule, Antonis Katsantonis (1775 – September 28, 1809) was a famous Greek Klepht during the period leading up to the Greek Revolution of 1821.
Working first as a shepherd, he became Klepht and soon participated in raids on Ottoman properties and possessions.
Katsantonis was short, had gentle manners and spoke quietly, nevertheless he was a Lion of the Klephts, who scared the Ottomans. Truly one of the most feared and hated adversaries of Turks and Albanians.
He participated in many revolts and fought in multiple campaigns against the Turks in the early 1800s (1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1809), between the two Greek revolutions – 1770 and 1821.
For this, he was one of the most wanted men by the Ottomans.
After the location of his hiding place was betrayed, the Turks captured him and took him to Meteora in Thessaly and publicly executed him.
Before the Turks did the deed, they promised and offered to let Katsantonis go if he embraced Islam, Katsantonis refused and had his bones crushed by a hammer.
Its legend and its impact after 1821 were recognized as one of the people who had prepared the Revolution and envisioned the ideal of an independent Greek nation.
It is said that Markos Botsaris avenged the death of Katsantonis during the Revolution of 1821 by liquidating the culprits.
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