List of 18th – early 19th century sources on Souli and Souliotes

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A page of the diary of Fotos Tzavellas. Header: ΦΕ[Β]ΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΥ (February) 1792

Souli is a toponym and today a municipality in Epirus, northwestern Greece. It is historically important as the former settlement of Souliotes, a semi-autonomous community of warriors who played a vital role in the Greek War of Independence (1821–c.1829). For this reason, Souli and Souliotes attracted the attention of many authors, travellers, historians, ethnologists etc. from early 19th century. There are also some late 18th century documents written by Souliotes, which later became the subject of academic research. The traditional Souliotic communities were dissolved during the Greek War of Independence and Souliotes were dispersed.

  • The Diary of captivity of Fotos Tzavellas 1792–1793. Composed by Fotos Tzavellas during or soon after his captivity by Ali Pasha (1792–1793). It is written in simple Greek idiom of the area of Argyrkokastro or Chimara.[1][2]
  1. Byron to Hobhouse, letter from Newstead Abbey, October 13, 1811.
  2. Byron to Hobhouse, letter from 8, St James's Street, London, Nov. 2nd 1811


  1. Protopsaltes G. Emmanouel, The diary of captivity of Fotos Tzavellas 1792–1793, in Mneme Souliou, edited by the Athens Society of the Friends of Souli, 1973, vol. 2, pp. 213-225, in Greek. The text of the diary is in pp. 226-235. Emmanouel Protopsaltes, is/was professor of Modern Greek History at the University of Athens.
  2. Protopsaltes G. Emmanouel, Souli, Souliotes, Bibliotheke Epirotikes Etaireias Athenon (B.H.E.A.), No 53, p. 7, Athens, 1984. In Greek.
  3. THE BYRON-HOBHOUSE CORRESPONDENCE, I, 1808 to February 10th, 1812. pp 52, 55
  4. Yochalas Titos (editor, 1980) The Greek-Albanian Dictionary of Markos Botsaris. Academy of Greece, Athens 1980, (in Greek):