The Grave of Lysias the Grammarian The Canon
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Quite close upon the right of where you walk into the library
of Berytus, we buried Lysias the scholarly
grammarian: and it was most judiciously
the spot was chosen, for we laid him where the high ground overlooks
the things which it may be that he remembers even there —
volumes of scholia and hellenisms, and with learned texts, to spare.
Moreover thereby shall his grave be viewed by us reverently
as often as we tread the way to reach the books.

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

- Translation by Daniel Mendelsohn

- Translation by George Valassopoulo