Pavlos Melas was born in Marseilles, on March 29, 1870. In 1874, he settled in Athens. He married Natalia Dragoumi and had two children. He got involved (in 1900) in Macedonian affairs and was one of the pioneers of the Macedonian Struggle. In 1904 he visited Kozani and Siatista and undertook guerrilla activity in the area. He was appointed by the Macedonian Committee, leader of the Greek teams. He was wounded and died in Siatista on October 13, 1904. His action and his death drew the attention of Greek public opinion to the Macedonian struggle. His figure was associated with the Greakness of Macedonia and he is honored as a hero.