Constantine P. Cavafy
Alexandria
Friday, January 3, 2003

Alexandrian Kings Comments

Rating: 2.8
The Alexandrians were gathered
to see Cleopatra's children,
Caesarion, and his little brothers,
Alexander and Ptolemy, whom for the first

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 11 August 2020
King of kings Alexandre in a day of history how seated in throne with pomp and ceremony narrated excellently 10++
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Mahtab Bangalee 11 August 2020
Alexandrian Kings- enthusiastic, and cheered in greek, and egyptian, and some in hebrew, enchanted by the beautiful spectacle - although they full well knew what all these were worth, what hollow words these kingships were.....unique the kings were in power, culture and skillful arming this poem is very acutely crafted the fame and name of the Alexandrian Kings; pleasure to read
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Khairul Ahsan 11 August 2020
I agree to Adrian Flett's comments.
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Khairul Ahsan 11 August 2020
'The Alexandrians of course understood that those were theatrical words' - The gist of the poem comes in the middle, in these lines. Congratulations on being selected the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!
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Suzon Albert 11 August 2020
Nicely composed poem enjoyed reading it. Thanks
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Michael Morgan 11 August 2020
Cavafy's droll irony triumphs and makes the poem remarkable. Of course, its success relies on the knowledge of history most Greeks could be expected to have.
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Michael Morgan 11 August 2020
Hollow words, indeed. Caesarion was the last of the Ptolemies. Whatever his coronation began, it ended the dynasty. He was assassinated grace a Lepidus, (later Caesar Augustus) , on the grounds that: 'Too many Caesars is not a good thing.' So much for spectacle Upon his death, Egypt became part of the Roman Empire.
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S H 11 August 2020
Interesting poem. Though the consequences was clear.
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Dr Antony Theodore 11 August 2020
Alexander - they named him king of Armenia, Media, and the Parthians. Ptolemy - they named him king of Cilicia, Syria, and Phoenicia. Caesarion stood more to the front, dressed in rose-colored silk, on his breast a bouquet of hyacinths, indeed a great poem. tony
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Mahtab Bangalee 11 August 2018
Yes- they understood but in no threat The Alexandrians of course understood that those were theatrical words.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 11 August 2018
THREE and THE LAST: Such a mightiest name. Congratulations for being chosen as the Modern Poem Of The Day, also to his closest family. A myriad of 10`s for the vote.My genius bro would love his poems a very lot, since my bro loves to read about historical facts.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 11 August 2018
TWO: and his aesthetic perfectionism. These attributes, amongst others, have assured him an enduring place in the literary pantheon of the Western World. Alexandrian Kings, an excellent poem about the ancient historical kings, a.o.the children of Cleopatra, Caesarion, her eldest son, they named him the King of Kings, WOW!
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Sylvia Frances Chan 11 August 2018
ONE: Since his death, Cavafy's reputation has grown. He is now considered one of the finest European and modern Greek poets. His poetry is taught at schools in mainland Greece and Cyprus, and across universities around the world. He is known for his prosaic use of metaphors, his brilliant use of historical imagery, See TWO please.
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Adrian Flett 11 August 2018
'what hollow words these kingships were' This applies to the modern day politicians as well
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Dr Antony Theodore 11 August 2018
Alexander - they named him king of Armenia, Media, and the Parthians. Ptolemy - they named him king of Cilicia, Syria, and Phoenicia.-those were theatrical words........ they understood. a sort of illusion..... tony
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Bernard F. Asuncion 11 August 2017
Well-written piece+++++++++++++
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Edward Kofi Louis 11 August 2017
Embroidered! ! Thanks for sharing.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 11 August 2017
Caesarion was full of grace and beauty (son of Cleopatra, blood of the Lagidae): and the Alexandrians rushed to the ceremony, and got enthusiastic, and cheered in greek, and egyptian, and some in hebrew, enchanted by the beautiful spectacle - although they full well knew what all these were worth, what hollow words these kingships were... lovely lines. Congratulation to his soul.
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Douglas Scotney 05 February 2013
sounds like China today
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