In A Township of Asia Minor

The news from Actium, about the outcome of the sea-battle,
was of course unexpected.
But there's no need for us to draw up a new proclamation.
The name's the only thing that has to be changed.
There, in the concluding lines, instead of: "Having freed the Romans
from Octavius, that disaster,
that parody of a Caesar,"
we'll substitute: "Having freed the Romans
from Antony, that disaster...."
The whole text fits very nicely.

"To the most glorious victor,
matchless in his military ventures,
prodigious in his political operations,
on whose behalf the township ardently wished
for Antony's triumph...."
here, as we said, the substitution: "for Octavius' triumph,
regarding it Zeus' finest gift-
to this mighty protector of the Greeks,
who graciously honours Greek customs,
who is beloved in every Greek domain,
who clearly deserves exalted praise,
and whose exploits should be recorded at length
in the Greek language, in both verse and prose,
in the Greek language, the vehicle of fame,"
et cetera, et cetera. It all fits brilliantly.

Constantine P. Cavafy

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