The Tomb of Lysias the Grammarian The Canon
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Close by, on the right, as you enter
the library of Berytus, we buried the learned Lysias,
the grammarian. The site is most fitting.
We laid him near the things that he remembers,
perhaps, even here —commentaries, texts, and technologies,
scripts, and many disquisitions on Greek idioms.
Here too his tomb will be seen and honoured
by us, when we pass on our way to the books.

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(Unpublished draft from the Cavafy Archive)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

- Translation by John Cavafy

- Translation by Daniel Mendelsohn