(10.09.1708 – 31.03.1744)
Cantemir Antioch Dmitrievich (10.9.1708, Constantinople – 31.3.1744, Paris, buried in Moscow), prince, poet, translator, diplomat, secret adviser (1741). Son of DK Kantemir. I got a brilliant education for my time. He studied history, Ancient Greek, Latin, Italian, Old Slavonic, Russian; the teachers of Antiochus Cantemir were the Greek A. Kandoidi and the graduate of the Slavic-Latin Academy I. Il’inskii (later translator of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences), under whose influence Cantemir composed his first work “Symphony of the Psalter” (printed in 1727) – an alphabetical index to the poems from the psalms. For some time Cantemir studied at the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy. In 1723, together with his father participated
35 in London, offensive for Russia, “Moscow letters” Italian Locatelli, previously deported from Russia. Cantemir continued his studies in literature and science, and established broad cultural ties. He negotiated with the French ambassador in London about the renewal of friendly relations between Russia and France. In September 1738 Cantemir was transferred to the Executive Minister in Paris (since December – the Extraordinary Ambassador). The situation of Cantemir in the French court was complicated by the intrigues of Cardinal Fleury (in May 1739 Cantemir asked Count A. Osterman to resign, but was refused). In Paris, Cantemir met Montesquieu (translated into Russian his “Persian Letters”, the translation was not preserved), Voltaire, maintained close ties with many scientists. Cantemir volunteered to organize contacts between the Russian and French Academies of Sciences. With the participation of Cantemir in 1739 in The Hague, the tragedy of P. Moran “Menshikov” was published. In Paris, Cantemir was intensively engaged in literary work: he wrote VI-IX satires, translated works of Horace (St. Petersburg, 1744), Anacreon into Russian, prepared his works for print, providing them with comments (Kantemir’s works were published in 1762 with the foreword by IS Barkov ). In his political convictions, Cantemir was the defender of the rule of the nobility, “enlightened absolutism”, the reign of Emperor Peter I considered the embodiment of his ideals. In his philosophical views he was a supporter of natural law, shared the ideals of the Enlightenment. He defended the idea of equality of people before the law and the court. Considering, that all people are born equal (the satire “Filaret and Eugene”), argued that the nature of man does not depend on nature, it forms upbringing (“On education, or to Prince Nikita Yurievich Trubetskoy”). He condemned the extremes of the serfdom, offered the landowners to ease the situation of the peasants, to reduce taxes.
The materials of the book are used: Sukhareva O. V. Who was who in Russia from Peter I to Paul I, Moscow, 2005