Athanasios Christopilos,a modern Greek poet, born at Castoria in Macedonia in May, 1772, died in Wallachia, Jan. 29, 1847. His father, a Greek priest, removed from Macedonia to Bucharest in Wallachia while his son was vet a child. Athanasios was well educated at Buda in Hungary, where he learned Latin, and at Padua in Italy, where he studied medicine. On his return to Bucharest he was appointed tutor to the children of the prince of Wallachia, Alexander Murusi, who on being: transferred to Moldavia took Christopulos with him and employed him in various public offices. His first publication was a drama entitled "Achilles," which, after having been played successfully at Jassy and at Bucharest, was printed at Vienna in 1805. In the same year he published a grammar of modern Greek. Murusi being recalled to Constantinople, Chris-topulos accompanied him thither, and during his residence in that city wrote in modern Greek his love songs and drinking songs, on which his reputation chiefly rests. Prince Caradja, who was now appointed hospodar of both principalities, took Christopulos with him to Moldavia, where he gave him official position and charged him with the compilation of a code of laws for Wallachia, a task which occupied him two years.
After the fall of Prince Caradja Christopulos resided some time at Iler-mannstadt in Transylvania, occupied mainly with political and philosophical writings. He went thence to Greece, and in 1836 returned to Wallachia, where he spent his remaining years in literary labor. He translated the first book of the Iliad into modern Greek, and also the first two books of Herodotus. His lyric poems were published at Vienna in 1811, and a new and enlarged edition appeared in 1821. They were published also at Paris in 1833, with a French translation, and with some of his prose writings (2 vols. 8vo). A later and fuller edition appeared at Paris in 1841. A collection of his writings was published at Athens in 1853 under the title His lyric poems are exceedingly popular among the Greeks.