Harvard Early Modern and Modern Greek Library

The Harvard Early Modern and Modern Greek Library is the only series of books which, through both original text and english translation, makes accessible to scholars and general readers the major works of Greek literature and thought produced in the last millennium, from the late eleventh century to the present. Each volume offers a reliable Greek text together with an accurate and literate English translation on facing pages. The editors/translators provide wide-ranging introductions as well as explanatory notes and selective bibliographies. This groundbreaking series presents current scholarship in a convenient and elegant format, aiming to make this substantial component of postclassical European literature available to researchers and students from a broad range of disciplines.

Series editors: Panagiotis Roilos and Demetrios Yatromanolakis

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Poems: The Canon


Cavafy, CP. 2011. Poems: The Canon. Edited by Demetrios Yatromanolakis and John Chioles. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 420.
Poems: The Canon


C. P. Cavafy (Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis) is one of the most important Greek poets since antiquity. He was born, lived, and died in Alexandria (1863–1933), with brief periods spent in England, Constantinople, and Athens. Cavafy set in motion the most powerful modernism in early twentieth-century European poetry, exhibiting simple truths about eroticism, history, and philosophy—an inscrutable triumvirate that informs the Greek language and culture in all their diachrony. The Cavafy Canon plays with the complexities of ironic Socratic thought, suffused with the honesty of unadorned iambic verse.

Based on a fifty-year continuous scholarly and literary interaction with Cavafy’s poetry and its Greek and western European intertexts, John Chioles has produced an authoritative and exceptionally nuanced translation of the complex linguistic registers of Cavafy’s Canon into English.

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