The Glory of the Ptolemies The Canon
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I am the Lagides, the king, — through opulence
and power, possessed of pleasure in the fullest sense.
No Macedonian nor barbarian is at all
my equal, — not of me least semblance. Comical
is the Seleucid with his vulgar luxuries.
If you, however, seek other things, here also these:
my city of great schools — the panhellenic head, —
that in all art, all science, is the most talented.

Translated by John Cavafy

(Poems by C. P. Cavafy. Translated, from the Greek, by J. C. Cavafy. Ikaros, 2003)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard