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Born 1633; died 1691. Moldavian chronicler and political figure.
The son of a boyar, Costin was educated at the Polish Jesuit college at Bar in present-day Vinnitsa Oblast. He advocated closer ties between Poland and Moldavia. His works include A Chronicle of the Moldavian Land From the Times of Voevoda Aaron (written in 1675–77 and covering the period 1595–1661), a valuable source for the history of Moldavia and for its literary language; On the Moldavian Tribe and the Land of Their Forebears (1686–91); the Chronicle of the Moldavian and Muntenian Lands (in Polish); the Poem in Polish Rhymes on the Moldavian and Muntenian Lands (in Polish); and the long philosophical poem The Life of the World (1671–73).
WORKSOpere: Editle critiǎ. …. Bucharest, 1958.
Opere alese. Bucharest, 1967.
REFERENCESIstoriia literaturii moldovenesht’, vol. 1. Kishinev, 1958.
Sovetov, P.V., and lu. la. Baskin. “Iz istorii obshchestvenno-politicheskoi mysli Moldavii.” Uch. zap. In-ta istorii Moldavskogo filiala AN SSSR, 1959, vol. 1 (10).