Emily Wilson grew up in Oxford, United Kingdom, and studied classics at Balliol College, and English literature at Corpus Christi College. Her PhD is from Yale in classics and comparative literature. She is currently a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in literature, storytelling, and how ideas and culture play out through narrative and in words, and in the music of language. She cares about poetry, drama, and philosophy of all eras, especially ancient Greek, Roman and early modern. She has written books on tragedy and “overliving,” the long afterlife of the death of Socrates, and a life of Seneca. She has also done several verse translations of classical verse drama and epic, including Seneca’s tragedies, four plays of Euripides, and Homer’s Odyssey.
Homer for Scalawags: Emily Wilson’s “Odyssey”
Richard H. Armstrong journeys through Emily Wilson’s new translation of Homer’s “Odyssey.”...