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  • n. An anti-Ottoman insurgent living in the mountains when Greece was a part of the Ottoman Empire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Greek or Albanian brigand.


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Ancient Greek


  • Whoever was not a klepht was the victim of some official extortioner.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • Turkish garrison attacked, but was heavily defeated at Valtetzi by the tactical skill of Theodore Kolokotrónis the 'klepht', who had become experienced in guerrilla warfare through his alternate professions of brigand and gendarme -- a career that had increased its possibilities as the Ottoman system decayed.

    The Balkans A History of Bulgaria—Serbia—Greece—Rumania—Turkey

  • In Peloponnesos the Primates were all-powerful, and Kolokotrónis the klepht was meditating a popular dictatorship at their expense.

    The Balkans A History of Bulgaria—Serbia—Greece—Rumania—Turkey

  • Its principal agents were the klepht or brigand chieftains, best represented by Theodore Kolokotrones.

    The Life of Thomas Lord Cochrane

  • MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said ... please excuse me for forgetting to mention that the commentators know their greek well: the terms KLEPHT and EXOHIKO are common greek words whose meanings are clear. as for that word TRADITIONAL, clearly salmon klephtiko doesn't fit into the tradition: where on earth would an arcadian find salmon? and if an arcadian of the foregone klepht era ever managed to get one, i wonder whether they would ever think to cook it klepht style? no, they couldnt possibly have put it in their head to do so - it just wouldnt be TRADITIONAL (les kai kollousan sto noima tis lexeis) if i were an arcadian in the late 1800's and i were given a gift of salmon, i would definitely have cooked it klepht style, because i wouldnt have wanted even the NEIGHBOURS to find out what delicacy i was cooking ... what on earth is the traditonal method of cooking salmon in arcadia anyway???

    Recipe for Salmon "Kleftiko" (Σολομός Κλέφτικος) and Kleftiko: Its Modern Meaning


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  • Greek and Albanian brigands who fought as guerrillas against the Turks in the early 19th century.

    August 17, 2008