Antiochus Kantemir

Antiochus Kantemir

Prince Antiokh Dmitrievich Kantemir was a Moldavian-born Russian Enlightenment man of letters and diplomat. Kantemir was born to the Moldavian Prince Dimitrie Cantemir and Princess Kassandra Cantacuzene in Ia┼či. Educated by his father and at the Saint Petersburg Academy, having spent much of his youth as a hostage in Ottoman Constantinople, Antiokh joined Dimitrie in Russia at their estate in the vicinity of Kharkov. His work reflects the scope and purpose of Peter the Great's European-style reforms, standing out as a contribution to the integration of Russian culture into the world circuit of Classicism. In this respect, the most noticeable effort is his Petrida, an unfinished epic gl ... more on Wikipedia

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