Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She grew up in Oxford, England, and obtained her B.A. and M.Phil. at Oxford, before moving to the United States to do a Ph.D. in Classical Studies and Comparative Literature at Yale. She has been at the University of Pennsylvania since 2002. Her research interests include the intersections between Classical and later literature, the relationship of literature to philosophy, Greek and Roman tragedy, and the theory and practice of poetry in translation. Her first book was about the tragic tradition, from Sophocles to Milton. Her second was about representations of the death of Socrates from Plato to the 20th century. She recently published a translation of Seneca's tragedies, and is currently at work on more translation projects, including a translation of Homer's Odyssey.