Apollonios of Tyana in Rhodes The Canon
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Apollonios was speaking about
proper education and upbringing
with a young man building a luxury house in Rhodes.
When I enter a temple,
said the Tyanian in conclusion, even if it is a small one,
I would much rather see
a gold and ivory statue there
than find in a large temple a statue of common clay.
 
 
Of common clay: how disgusting
yet some (who havent been adequately trained)
are taken in by whats bogus. Those of common clay.

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