Cronicari (3): Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723)
Dimitrie Cantemir was the Prince of Moldavia for one year. He could speak 11 languages, was an encyclopedist, a mathematician, a compositor, an architect, a historian, a cartographer, a philosopher, a very important politician figure, close to the Russian Tsar Peter the Great, and of course he was a writer. He wrote many books but the most important one is his last: The history of the long age of Roumano-moldo-vlachs. It shows the role of the main Romanian principalities (which are called "danubiennes") in defending Europe against the Tatars and then against the Ottomans. He also wrote books on the Ottoman civilization, on Islam, on the Arabic language and published the first Romanian novel in 1705, The History of hieroglyphs, which is a political pamphlet.