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Constantine Cavafy

Constantine Cavafy belongs to the pantheon of modern Greek poets.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1982 Sculpted by Kostas Valsamis.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

This brass bust is of Konstantinos Kavafis, one of the country’s leading poets, and one with international appeal. “Always in your mind/ you must have Ithaka” is written at the base, a verse from his most famous work, Ithaki (Ithaka). The donors are written on the right and the foundry on the left. It is located on Aigyptou (Egypt) Square. This location is not accidental, as Kavafis lived in Egypt for many years and wrote some of his most important works there. However, The location of the sculpture in a small square surrounded by heavy traffic, and does not highlight it.


What I can't see

Kavafis is world-renowned and has been particularly popular with the English audience. He spent most of his life in Alexandria, Egypt. From 1907 until the end of his life, however, he lived in Athens, for which he had said he felt like a loyal pilgrim going to Mecca. He knew important personalities of literature and poetry, including Xenopoulos, Polemis, Marinetti, Malro and Kazantzakis. His poetic work consists of 154 acclaimed poems, 37 deacons and 75 hidden ones. Most of them are of historical, philosophical and erotic (often of homosexual) content, and the language he uses is a combination of archaic and popular idioms. He broke the poetic form of the time and developed a peculiar lyricism, a subtle irony and a human-centered, historical and erotic vision that moved the young, but left the older ones indifferent.



  • Address: Aigyptou Sq.


Antonopoulou Z., (2003), Τα γλυπτά της Αθήνας, Υπαίθρια Γλυπτική 1834-2004, [The sculptures of Athens, Outdoor Sculpture 1834-2004], Potamos


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Politis A. (2003), Λογοτεχνία και Διανόηση [Literature and Intelligentia] in Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού, 1770- 2000, [History of modern Hellenism, 1770-2000] v.5, p.p. 231-246


Polykandrioti O. (2003), Λογοτεχνία [Literature] in Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού, 1770- 2000, [History of modern Hellenism, 1770-2000] v.7, p.p. 235- 256


San Simera (d.u.) Κωνσταντίνος Καβάφης, [Konstantinos Kavafis],

Last visit 13/7/2018