Romfilatelia continues to pay tribute to Romanian personalities of national and European fame who have marked the world culture with their works. In the “Theodor Pallady” Hall, the philatelic panel entitled “Dimitrie Cantemir, 350 years since his birth” was presented in the presence of Acad. Răzvan Theodorescu, vice-president of the Romanian Academy, the director of the Romanian Academy Library, Acad. Nicolae Noica, the director of the National Museum of Romanian Literature, Ioan Cristescu, Gabriela Dumitrescu, the curator of the exhibition. The philatelic issue is dedicated to the erudite scholar, who briefly became ruler of Moldavia. An encyclopaedic, polyglot spirit, he covered vast areas of knowledge, from philosophy and theology to history, linguistics or geography, music, ethnography or mathematics.
Today’s event, organised in partnership with the Romanian Academy Library and the National Museum of Romanian Literature, opens the commemorative year dedicated to Dimitrie Cantemir, whose work is of real interest to scholars of all ages. An intellectual of great refinement, he had a winding political path, being forced to retreat to Peter the Great’s Russia after the Battle of Stănilești (1711), but his work was appreciated by the most important European institutions, and in 1714, the Berlin Academy welcomed him as one of its members.
We thank the Romanian Academy Library and the National Archives of Romania for their collaboration!