Constantine P. Cavafy

1863 - 1933

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Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Πέτρου Καβάφης [ka'vafis]; April 29 (April 17, OS), 1863 – April 29, 1933), known, especially in English, as Constantine P. Cavafy and often published as C. P. Cavafy (), was a Greek poet, journalist, and civil servant from Alexandria. A major figure of modern Greek literature, he is sometimes considered the most distinguished Greek poet of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Constantine P. Cavafy has received more than 708,608 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Constantine P. Cavafy is the 423rd most popular writer (up from 430th in 2019), the 83rd most popular biography from Egypt (down from 77th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Egyptian Writer.

Constantine P. Cavafy is most famous for his poem, "Ithaka."

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Notable Works

Eis to phōs tēs hēmeras
The complete poems of Cavafy
Selected poems
Today, Cavafy is recognized as a major figure in modern European poetry. Originally issued in 1998, the present volume was the first translation of his poetry to be made by an Irish poet.


Among writers, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 423 out of 7,302Before him are Savitribai Phule, Heinrich Mann, John Keats, Arion, Sholem Aleichem, and Lactantius. After him are Seneca the Elder, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nadine Gordimer, Vladimir Vysotsky, Philip Roth, and William of Rubruck.

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Among people born in 1863, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 13Before him are Konstantin Stanislavski, Arthur Henderson, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Pietro Mascagni, Henry van de Velde, and David Lloyd George. After him are Carlos I of Portugal, George Herbert Mead, Vladimir Vernadsky, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Joaquín Sorolla, and Wilhelm Marx. Among people deceased in 1933, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 6Before him are Clara Zetkin, Li Ching-Yuen, Calvin Coolidge, Adolf Loos, and Faisal I of Iraq. After him are 13th Dalai Lama, John Galsworthy, Paul Ehrenfest, Sándor Ferenczi, Mohammed Nadir Shah, and Nikolai Yudenich.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 83 out of 642Before him are Saint Apollonia (110), Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Al-Kamil (1177), Saint Maurice (250), and Lactantius (250). After him are Teti (-2350), Psamtik I (-700), Eric Hobsbawm (1917), Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1926), Maria al-Qibtiyya (600), and Paul of Thebes (227).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 7Before him are Naguib Mahfouz (1911), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Appian (95), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), and Lactantius (250). After him are Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Nonnus (500), Taha Hussein (1889), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), and Dionysius Thrax (-170).