Greek freedom fighter. Born 1783, died 1828.
In February 1821, Alexandros Ipsilantis led a small group of Greek separatists into Moldavia, in an attempt to incite the Rumanians and Greeks to rebel against the Ottoman Empire, by military action. By June, he had suffered a decisive defeat, and he fled to Austria, where he was imprisoned until 1827.
Despite his dismal failure to achieve anything, Ipsilantis was celebrated as a national hero by posterity, because his actions touched off the Greek War of Independence.