Those who fought for the Achaean League The Canon
Ye brave men who fought and died gloriously;
Ye who did not fear the ever victorious Romans.
Blameless ye, even if Diaeus and Critolaus erred.
When the Greeks shall wish to boast,
they shall say “Such men does our nation breed”.
So wonderful will be the praise of you.—
These lines were written in Alexandria by an Achaean;
in the seventh year of Ptolemy Lathyrus.

Translated by George Valassopoulo

(Unpublished draft from the Cavafy Archive)
Transcribed and edited by Katerina Ghika

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard