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Apollonius Of Tyana In Rhodes

Apollonius was talking about
Proper education and conduct with a young
Man who was building a luxurious
House in Rhodes. “As for me” said the Tyanian
At last, “when I enter a temple
However small it may be, I very much prefer
To see a statue of ivory and gold
Than a clay and vulgar one in a large temple”.

The “clay” and “vulgar”; the detestable:
That already some people (without enough training)
It deceives knavishly. The clay and vulgar.

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Poem Apollonius Of Tyana In Rhodes - Constantine P Cavafy