In the Middle Ages knowledge, skills and experience were passed on from father to son and sometimes daughter, and if the father was an architect, his children and descendants were also associated with this profession. It is therefore very likely that the descendants of Anthemius and Isidore followed the steps of their great ancestors and became architects, builders and decorators of churches, creators of frescos, mosaics, and icons.

Semen Semenovich Anfimov



After the 1905 revolution Semyon Semyonovich Anfimov and his family moved to Kharkov. Working at an aviation plant, he invented a recipe of fire resistant paint for painting aircraft. He was also responsible for decorating the largest Russian aircraft named after Maxim Gorky. Semyon Semyonovich participated in restoration works of a church in Kharkov.

Semyon Semyonovich knew how to make artificial marble, that one can not tell from the natural one, and after the WWII in 1947 he was invited to the restoration of the Palace of Vorontsov in Odessa.

Alexander Semenovich Anfimov



The youngest son of Semyon Semyonovich - Alexander Anfimov followed the stepls of his ancestors. In 1930 he graduated from the Kharkov Art Institute as an artist/architect. Before the WWII he worked in Minsk and Smolensk.

In 1941 he was sent to the Stalingrad front as commander of a sapper battalion. In December 1942 engineer Major Anfimov was awarded the medal "For the Defence of Stalingrad". Alexander Anfimov took part in the WWII until its end. On May 9, 1945 he was awarded the medal "For the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War", and in July 1945 he was awarded with the Order of Red Star.

After the war he worked at various construction sites and design organizations in Kharkov, Odessa, Zheleznogorsk and Yeniseisk.

Igor Alexandrovich Anfimov



While Stephanus of Tralles had five sons, Alexander Semenovich Anfimov had only three children, who after many centuries repeated the same triad of professions: linguist - builder - medic.

The youngest son Igor Anfimov (Garik) was born in 1947 in Odessa. He graduated well from high school. He played well music, which helped develop sensitive and strong fingers, so necessary for the surgeon. Igor graduated from the Medical Institute and became a successful gynaecologist. He worked in a team performing complex operations, and later became the head of the gynaecological department in Zheleznogorsk.

Igor did not paint or design buildings, but his art of healing perfected over many years of practice made him respected professional in Zheleznogorsk. Hes name was mentioned in the book "Dedicated to medicine" published in Krasnoyarsk.

Valery Alexandrovich Anfimov



The middle son Valery Anfimov (1939) successfully graduated from school, and later from Kharkov Automobile and Road Institute, specializing in road construction. After completing PhD he made successful scientific career at the institute from an assistant to professor, head of the department of management and economics of road maintenance.

He co-authored a number of books on technology and road construction, as well as on the ecology. Valeriy has written more than 90 articles, including 15 on the ecology of cities in Israel, where he moved in 1997. Valeriy wrote the book Paradoxes of Knowledge (Universe, God, Time, Man) after researcing more than 300 literary sources on this topic.

Perhaps the Byzantine ancestry somehow enriched him, as in addition to scientific research he took interest in architecture and its history, as well as painting.

Margarita Alexandrovna Borisova (Anfimova)



The eldest daughter of Alexander Semenovich, Margarita Anfimova (Borisova) has always studied very successfully and graduated from school with a silver medal. Early childhood of Magrarita was during the years of WWII, part of which the Anfimov family experienced under the German occupation. Those years of hard challenges impacted heavily on the child's subconscious, but also gave an indestructible optimism and belief that one can overcome any hardships and deprivations. The book Visiting Eternity contains Margarita's memories of the WWII years.

Since childhood Margarita was fond of linguistics and graduated from the Moscow Pedagogical Institute, specializing in English. She went a long way from a junior teacher to a linguist of the highest degree. For her long and diligent work Margarita Borisova was awarded the medal "Veteran of Labor" by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on July 31, 1986.

Recently a book of her poems Oracle by Margarita (in Russian) was published in Switzerland