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Prose Translation of Justin’s “History” by Antiochus Cantemir

Heng Fu


The article presents an analysis of Antioch Cantemir’s Russian translation of the historical work of Marcus Junianus Justinus, written in Latin. In the first part of the article, we establish the sources that became the basis of translation. We conclude that the sources for Cantemir were the Latin edition of 1719 and the French edition translated by Louis Ferrier de La Martinière. Then Cantemir’s style of translation is analyzed. To determine the peculiarity of Cantemir’s text, we compare it with Nikita Popov’s translation. The conclusion is made that the tendency of “simple language” is manifested in the translation of Cantemir.


DOI: 10.31168/2305-6754.2021.10.1.18


Antiochus Cantemir; Marcus Junianus Justinus; translation principles


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