Velisarios is the strongman in Pelagia's village. Despite his massive size and impressive strength, he's kind and gentle. However, he's also prone to abusing his power for laughs, as when he lifts Father Arsenios onto the wall, embarrassing the priest. During the occupation, Velisarios commits petty crimes against the Italians and becomes friendly with Carlo, another massive man in the Italian army. They share cigarettes with each other and curse the war. By the time the Italians are slaughtered by the Germans, Velisarios, like many of the Greeks, has become friends with the Italians and helps them fight the Germans. When he finds Carlo dead, Velisarios feels as though it's improper to leave the body of such a kind man and in moving Carlo's body, he discovers Corelli alive underneath. He rushes Corelli to Dr. Iannis for medical attention and helps bury Carlo under Dr. Iannis's olive tree. At the end of the novel, the reader learns that Velisarios returns to the grave every year at the anniversary of the massacre to leave a rose on Carlo's grave. After the earthquake in 1953, Velisarios becomes a leader in his village and helps organize the villagers until relief workers arrive. He shuts down dangerous rumors before they can spread and encourages Pelagia to help by healing others.
Megalo Velisarios Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Megalo Velisarios or refer to Megalo Velisarios. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin published in 1994.).
Chapter 58 Quotes
He did not know it, but he buried Carlo in the soil of Odysseus' time, as though he had belonged there from the first.
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Megalo Velisarios Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
The timeline below shows where the character Megalo Velisarios appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3. The Strongman
...this, the narrator says that everyone, including Pelagia, admires strength. She hears that the strongman, Velisarios, is performing in the square and she joins the crowd. He hops on one foot,... (full context)
Chapter 7. Extreme Remedies
...help. Dr. Iannis attempts to help the priest up, but Father Arsenios is too heavy. Velisarios carries the priest to Dr. Iannis's house. It's the hardest thing Velisarios has ever done.... (full context)
Chapter 12. All the Saint's Miracles
...to a young epileptic man whose convulsions stopped. The crowd rejoices and the carnival begins. Velisarios shoots his cannon and musicians play. Fishermen sing as nuns arrange wine and food. Pelagia... (full context)
Chapter 25. Resistance
...Pelagia finds herself smiling at Carlo, who is as big and looks as gentle as Velisarios. Corelli suggests he introduce Pelagia to Antonia as Dr. Iannis comes outside and curtly asks... (full context)
Chapter 26. Sharp Edges
Chapter 29. Etiquette
...feminine version. Corelli says "good morning" to Pelagia and then uses the obscenity to greet Velisarios, Kokolios, and Stamatis. When they all scowl at him, he thinks he shouldn't try to... (full context)
Chapter 55. Victory
Chapter 57. Fire
Chapter 58. Surgery and Obsequy
...first bullet and notices how flat it is, he asks rhetorically how Corelli is alive. Velisarios explains that Carlo stood in front of Corelli. Pelagia and the doctor cry, and Velisarios... (full context)
...silver coins on Carlo's eyes and puts a bottle of wine in the grave, while Velisarios gives Carlo a cigarette. Dr. Iannis delivers a eulogy praising Carlo's goodness, strength, and kindness. (full context)
Chapter 60. The Beginning of her Sorrows
Chapter 66. Rescue
...blowing up unsafe buildings and scaring the islanders. Helicopter crews drop supplies for remote villages. Velisarios emerges as a leader. Now 42, he feels as though the earthquake has given him... (full context)
Chapter 67. Pelagia's Lament
...her life could've been different had Corelli lived. Pelagia mourns her father's death and remembers Velisarios digging him out. In that moment, she'd realized that Dr. Iannis was the only man... (full context)
Chapter 70. Excavation
...to open the trapdoor but it won't budge. He realizes he'll need a crowbar when Velisarios, now 78, catches them. Iannis tells Velisarios what they're doing and notices that the old... (full context)