Throughout their long slavery, the Turks considered their descent from the conquerors a privilege. Based on this privilege, they considered that they were superior to the Rayads and had the opportunity to live at their expense.
In the Peloponnese the most prominent families were the ones who owned the largest areas due to the antiquity of their presence.
Among them were the family of Kiamil Bey in Corinth, Ali Pasha in Argos, Agha Pasha in Nafplio and those of Sech Netsit Efenti, Arnaoutoglou and Defter Kehagia in Tripoli. *
The last descendants of these families had the misfortune to live the Revolution and to suffer the consequences of their actions, like those of their ancestors.
Their long life in the wealth and the devaluation of their rays had made them mentally and physically sluggish: "The Turks of the place are masters, but slaves of the ultimate ignorance and lovers of bestial lust, selfishness, arrogance and destiny unchanged." **
The family of Kiamil Bey of Corinth was that of Apdim Beyianus, one of the two oldest families of the Peloponnese. The Turkish lords of Moria had no military experience. This weakness was demonstrated in the Orlofika in 1770, as well as in 1821. ***
Kamil Bey was one of the richest Turks and certainly the one with the greatest political influence during the pre-revolutionary years.
His fate was tragic, he was imprisoned in Acrocorinth and killed before the fortress was abandoned to the Turks on July 8, 1822. And his untold fortune was the reason why Dramalis married his widow, just a few days after his death. ****
Sources: * Philemon "DOIKIMION HISTORIKON" (volume 3rd Athens 1860) p. 62
** Philemon "DOIKIMION ISTORIKON" (volume 3rd Athens 1860) p. 62
*** PYLIA. M., "FUNCTIONS AND AUTONOMY OF THE COMMUNITIES OF THE PELOPONNESE DURING THE LATE TURKISH OCCUPATION 1715-1821" Magazine "Trials" pp. 67-98
**** ΣΦΥΡΟΕΡΑΣ. B., "HISTORY OF THE GREEK NATION" volume Ibsel. 250
Texts: Pavlos Koutouzis
Recitation: Anna Basta