Of the Jews (A.D. 50) The Canon
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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