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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION VIEW ACROSS THE GALATA BRIDGE, CONSTANTINOPLE 75 by 65cm., 29 1/2 by 25 1/2 in. signed F. Zonaro l.r. oil on canvas

1893. In Istanbul for the third time

Unconfirmed rumors and false allegations.

“Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days. What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.”


Coutalianos, after touring various cities of the Crimea and the Pontos giving performances, ended up in Constantinople.

April 17, 1893
Arriving in Constantinople, Coutalianos learns that his old friend and wrestler Theodoros Georgiou “The terrible Greek”, while he was in America, spread the word that the two of them had wrestled and that Georgiou had been crowned the winner. Coutalianos denies these unfounded rumors, threatens to go to court and challenges Georgiou to a wrestling match, saying “Until now, no one has had the pleasure of defeating me.”
The Greek wrestler Theodor Georgiou or as he was known “the terrible Greek”. He was an old friend of Coutalianos and a protagonist of the conflict described above.
The Greek wrestler Theodor Georgiou in a rare photo of him.
Sketch by Greek George published in an English newspaper in 1893 and republished in an Athenian newspaper.
Panagis Coutalianos. The strongest man in the world.
Indicative map of Coutalianos movements during the period 1891-1895
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