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 ... more on Wikipedia

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