Emily Wilson

Professor of Classical Studies
Graduate Chair
Contact Information
Cohen 265
(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



Selected Publications: 

 Forthcoming: Translations of four tragedies of Euripides, Modern Greek 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.

Work in Progress:

Odyssey: Translation of the poem, for Norton.

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