Emily Wilson

Professor of Classical Studies
Contact Information
WILL 270
(215) 898-6939
(215) 898-6568

FAAR 2006-2007
Ph.D. (Classics and Comparative Literature) Yale University, 2001
M.Phil. (English Renaissance Literature) Corpus Christi College Oxford, 1996
B.A. (Literae Humaniores, Classical Literature and Philosophy) Balliol College Oxford, 1994

Research Interests: 


Poetics and literary theory

Literature and philosophy

Reception of classical literature, especially in the Renaissance




for more see:

Profile in NYT magazine: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/magazine/the-first-woman-to-translate...

Translator's note: http://poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_wilson_odyssey.php
Philly inquirer:

Daily Stoic. 

Slate culture gabfest and gabfest Plus:

Review of me and Daniel Mendelssohn in the Atlantic:

Omnia magazine:

Selected Publications: 

Translations of four tragedies of Euripides, in The Greek Plays, Modern Library: Bacchae, Helen, Electra and Trojan Women (Random House)

The Greatest Empire: A life of Seneca.  Oxford University Press (2014).

Classics editor, third edition of the Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012).

Six Tragedies of Seneca. Translation, with introduction and notes. Oxford World's Classics (2010).

The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007).

Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton (2004), recipient of the Charles Bernheimer Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, 2003.


Odyssey (verse translation and introduction, November 2017; Norton)


Work in Progress:

Norton Critical Edition of Odyssey

Norton Critical Edition of Oedipus Tyrannos

Bloomsbury Companion to Ancient Tragedy -- edited volume

Courses Taught: 

(undergraduate) Classical Traditions; Aeschylus and Herodotus; Roman Comedy; Tragedy and the Tragic; the Ancient Novel

(graduate) Lucretius; Latin Elegy; Sophocles; Greek Prose; the Ancient Novel; translation