Forerunner and leader of the Greek Enlightenment, Antonios Kyriazis Kyritzis or-as was his real name-was born in 1757 in Velestino of Magnesia. He chose to use this as a surname in his hometown, while the Greek intellectuals living in exile called him Feraios because in ancient times the city was called Ferrat.
The young King abandoned Velestino very early, after the first got the basic education. In 1785 he went to Constantinople, where he continued his studies and joined Fanarioton environment, and in 1788 he settled in Wallachia as administrator.
In the years that followed excelled as a scholar and writer. In 1790 and 1796 he traveled to Vienna to print books, among them "School of Lovers delicate", the "Apa'ncjsma Physics", the "Moral Stand" and "Anacharsis".
As a premier work, however, considered the "New Political Administration of the inhabitants of Rumeli, Asia Minor, landlocked Islands and Vlachompogdanias" containing:
the Thourio known revolutionary song a revolutionary proclamation the Declaration of Human Rights in accordance with the standards of the French Enlightenment The Constitution of Riga The political vision of Rigas was to establish a multinational Balkan territory would be free from the entanglements of Ottoman policy in which the Greeks were dominant. To accomplish this goal he tried to rouse all the peoples enslaved by the Ottomans in the Balkans against the common tyrant.
Sought, indeed, to meet Napoleon the Great to ask for his help. He was arrested, however, on December 8, 1797 by the Austrians in Trieste and surrendered to the Turks, who was killed by strangulation on June 12, 1798 in Belgrade.