|Of the Jews (A.D. 50) ||The Canon
|Painter and poet, runner and discus-thrower,
beautiful as Endymion: Ianthis, son of Antony.
From a family on friendly terms with the Synagogue.
“My most valuable days are those
when I give up the pursuit of sensuous beauty,
when I desert the elegant and severe cult of Hellenism,
with its over-riding devotion
to perfectly shaped, corruptible white limbs,
and become the man I would want to remain forever:
son of the Jews, the holy Jews.”
A most fervent declaration on his part: “...to remain forever
a son of the Jews, the holy Jews.”
But he did not remain anything of the kind.
The Hedonism and Art of Alexandria
kept him as their dedicated son.
|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 Stratis Haviaras|
|- Translation by George Valassopoulo|