Emily Wilson


Professor of Classical StudiesDepartment Chair


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



Courses Taught

(undergraduate) Classical Traditions; Ancient Drama; Lucian; Love and Loss; Paradise Lost (Integrated Studies Program); Socrates; Aeschylus and Herodotus; Roman Comedy; Tragedy and the Tragic; the Ancient Novel; Horace; Virgil; Translation; Sex and Gender

(graduate) Lucretius; Roman Elegy; Sophocles; Greek Prose; the Ancient Novel; Greek Poetry and Translation; Euripides; Homer

Selected Publications

Iliad (verse translation and introduction, Norton 2023)

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

Translations of four tragedies of Euripides, in The Greek Plays, Modern Library: Bacchae, Helen, Electra and Trojan Women (2016, Random House)

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

Classics editor, third and subsequent editions of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and Western Lit. (2012 onwards).

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.

 Norton Critical Edition of Odyssey

Norton Critical Edition of Oedipus Tyrannos, 
with new verse translation of the play


Bloomsbury Companion to Ancient Tragedy -- edited volume with introduction.

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