Russian poet, the author of erotic "Shameful Odes". Barkov was born in 1732 into a family of Orthodox priest. In 1744 he entered the Orthodox seminary, where he studied for 5 years. In 1748, on the recommendation of Lomonosov, he was admitted to the University at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, where he studied languages and poetry. He was an unsuccessful student and was repeatedly subjected to corporal punishment (whippings) for drunkenness, insolence and slandering the rector. In 1753 he was appointed a scribe in the administrative office of the Academy. In 1755-56 he was the personal secretary of Lomonosov and during this period wrote "A Brief History of Russia," which was published in 1762. In 1759-60 he edited for publication Nestor's Medieval Tale of the Bygone Years. In 1756 he was dismissed from the Academy for drunkenness and insubordination, then, after several postponements, restored to service until his final dismissal in 1766. Barkov translated into Russian Quintus Horatius Flaccus in 1763, "Phaedr's Fables" in 1764 and "Il Mondo degli Eroi" by Ludovico Lazzaroni in 1763. He died in 1768.