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Title: Vrbes and oppida in Dimitrie Cantemir’s descriptio moldaviae
Authors: Costa, Ioana
Keywords: Cantemir;moldavian history;latin literature;geography;cartography
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Abstract: Dimitrie Cantemir, who reigned for less than one year, as a member of the Moldavian dynasty founded by his father, Constantin Cantemir, was far more important as a scholar and savant. Indeed, he influenced the culture of his time (but only slightly its history). He became, in 1714, a member of the institution that would later be known as the Academy of Berlin. In this specific intellectual context he wrote Descriptio Moldaviae, a geographical, political, and historical presentation of the Moldavian state, and Historia moldo-vlahica, a learned work on the origins of the Romanians from Moldavia, Muntenia (i.e., Wallachia) and Transylvania. Interpreting this project as single endeavour with two inseparable facets, these writings put forward a horizontal, synchronic description of Moldavia as well as a vertical, diachronic one. The first of them, with an adventurous narrative, includes an extensive chapter devoted to the geography of the three regions of Moldavia (Inferior Moldavia, Superior Moldavia, and Bassarabia). That description includes 45 distinctive settlements, most of them towns and villages (urbes and oppida); these reports are both written to scientific standards and literarily appealing.
ISBN: 978-989-26-1279-9
978-989-26-1280-5 (PDF)
DOI: 10.14195/978-989-26-1280-5_19
Rights: open access
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