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The International Library: Emily Wilson on The Iliad with Alice Oswald

October 18, 2023

We celebrated a brand new translation of Homer’s The Iliad from one of the most celebrated literary translators of our time, Emily Wilson. This much-anticipated follow-up to her translation of The Odyssey sets a new standard for the ancient text, with captivating, vivid language and rich accompanying materials. Alice Oswald joined Wilson to discuss adapting classical work for modern readers and engaging with one of antiquity’s most complex and exciting works from a fresh perspective.

This event was part of The International Library, a series launched in collaboration with the American Library in Paris and the Center for the Art of Translation which will offer conversations across time, place, and language. The International Library celebrates the live diffusion of in-person conversations in the hope of connecting new audiences across land and sea for a collective, intercultural experience. These conversations will broach deeper questions about writing and translation as we learn to think critically about how stories are told, investigating the points of view, the timing of the translations, and the intended or assumed audiences as well as inspiration, philosophy, and craft.


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    Emily Wilson

    Emily Wilson

    Emily Wilson is 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. In addition to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, she has also published translations of Sophocles, Euripides, and Seneca. She lives in Philadelphia.

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