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Wednesday, May 29 at 6:00 PM

Retranslating the Iliad
Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson will talk about the history of translations of Homer into English, the specific challenges of translating these ancient texts. She will also discuss her own goals and priorities with focus on form and sound.

Emily Wilson is the College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities and a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance and Early Modern scholarship, a MacArthur Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her best-selling 2017 translation of Homer’s Odyssey has achieved “canonical status,” according to the Atlantic and the Washington Post. Her translation of The Iliad has just been released by Norton. In addition, she has also published translations of Sophocles, Euripides, and Seneca, as well as books about tragedy, Socrates, and Seneca, and serves as an editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature.

Non-member price: $15.00
This event is free to Athenaeum members.