Those Who Fought for the Achaian League The Canon
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Brave men were you who fought and died so nobly,
never afraid of those who were winning every battle.
You were not to blame if Diaios and Kritolaos were at fault.
When Greeks are in a mood to boast, they’ll say
“It is men like those our nation breeds.”
That’s how great their praise will be.
 
 
Written by an Achaian in Alexandria
during the seventh year of Ptolemy Lathyros’ reign.

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