Iannis is Antonia and Alexi's only child. He's named after Dr. Iannis, his adoptive grandfather. Because Antonia and Alexi throw themselves into their business ventures and don't have much time to parent Iannis, Iannis grows up helping Pelagia in Drosoula's tavern. He can say several phrases in six languages by the time he's six and he keeps track of how many foreign women have kissed him. He dreams of reaching sexual maturity and of impressing women, and he does what he can to take care of his grandmother. When he's ten years old, he asks Spiridon to teach him bouzouki, but Spiridon starts him on the mandolin instead. Iannis quickly becomes obsessed and soon loves the mandolin more than he likes girls. When Corelli hears him play as a teenager, he believes that Iannis is extremely talented and is going to be a successful musician.
Iannis Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
The timeline below shows where the character Iannis appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 69. Bean by Bean the Sack Fills
Chapter 70. Excavation
Chapter 71. Antonia Sings Again
Chapter 72. An Unexpected Lesson
Chapter 73. Restitution
...is apologizing for past crimes. Pelagia ignores Corelli's personal apology and turns the conversation to Iannis and music. Corelli says he knows Spiridon because Spiridon is somewhat famous. (full context)