|The Glory of the Ptolemies ||The Canon
|I am the Lagides, the king, — through opulence
and power, possessed of pleasure in the fullest sense.
No Macedonian nor barbarian is at all
my equal, — not of me least semblance. Comical
is the Seleucid with his vulgar luxuries.
If you, however, seek other things, here also these:
my city of great schools — the panhellenic head, —
that in all art, all science, is the most talented.
|Translated by John Cavafy|
|(Poems by C. P. Cavafy. Translated, from the Greek, by J. C. Cavafy. Ikaros, 2003) |
|- Original Greek Poem
|- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard|