Monday, June 06, 2016

In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis.
He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom.
Later he also became the god of the sun and light.

In this tomb—ornately designed,
the whole of syenite stone,
covered by so many violets, so many lilies—
lies handsome Evrion,
an Alexandrian, twenty-five years old.
On his father’s side, he was of old Macedonian stock,
on his mother’s side, descended from a line of magistrates.
He studied philosophy with Aristokleitos,
rhetoric with Paros, and at Thebes
the sacred scriptures. He wrote a history
of the province of Arsinoites. That at least will survive.
But we’ve lost what was really precious: his form—
like a vision of Apollo.

- C.P. Cavafy, Tomb of Evrion, The Canon, Collected Poems.
Translated from the Greek by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard


JiEL said...

Ce jeune mec est une beauté pure...

Un idéal masculin de jeunesse.

another country said...

Une statue grecque...

joseph said...

et il est allé sur la lune aussi....

another country said...

Très juste !!! On oublie toujours de le mentionner.