Writer Antimos of Iberia
Metropolitan Antimos of Iberia was simultaneously a relevant orthodox figure in Wallachia in the middle of the 17th century and a writer, to the extent manifestations of literary works existed here at the time; however, he was one of the main personalities to determine the introduction of the Romanian language as language of worship, creating right from the beginning theological works (Didahii [Sermons] etc.) with very good literary tongue. For instance, the prayers we say in Church today (e.g. Lord`s Prayer) were translated in a Romanian version we still use today, after many years, without major changes. This essay particularly emphasizes these literary qualities in the works created by this high hierarch, who marked Constantin Brâncoveanu`s blooming cultural period.
Keywords: Antimos of Iberia, writer, Orthodox conscience, Didahii, literary language