In a Township of Asia Minor The Canon
The news about the outcome of the sea-battle at Actium
was of course unexpected.
But theres no need for us to draft a new proclamation.
The names the only thing that has to be changed.
There, in the concluding lines, instead of: Having freed the Romans
from Octavius, that disaster,
that parody of a Caesar,
well substitute: Having freed the Romans
from Antony, that disaster,...
The whole text fits very nicely.
To the most glorious victor,
matchless in his military ventures,
prodigious in his political operations,
on whose behalf the township ardently wished
for Antonys triumph,...
here, as we said, the substitution: for Octavius Caesars triumph,
regarding it as Zeus finest gift
to this mighty protector of the Greeks,
who graciously honors Greek customs,
who is beloved in every Greek domain,
who clearly deserves exalted praise,
and whose exploits should be recorded at length
in the Greek language, in both verse and prose,
in the Greek language, the vehicle of fame,
et cetera, et cetera. It all fits brilliantly.

Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

(C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by George Valassopoulo