Bozzaris, Marcos

Bozzaris, Marcos

(bōzăr`ĭs, –zä`rĭs, Gr. bôt`särēs), c.1788–1823, Greek patriot. Exiled from his native Epirus in 1803, he joined Ali PashaAli Pasha
, 1744?–1822, Turkish pasha [military governor] of Yannina (now Ioánnina, Greece), a province of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). He was called the Arslan [lion] of Yannina.
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 in 1820 and later was prominent in the Greek War of Independence, notably in the defense of Mesolóngion (1822–23) and at Karpenísion, where he defeated the Turks with a handful of men but died in battle.
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