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Emily Wilson

Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory

photo by Ralph Rosen, with print of Homer in background

Emily Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory.  She has a BA from Oxford in Classics, an M. Phil., also from Oxford, in English Literature (1500-1660), and a Ph.D. from Yale in Classics and Comparative Literature. Her first book was Mocked with Death: Tragic overliving from Sophocles to Milton (Johns Hopkins, 2004). Her second book was The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (Harvard UP 2007). Her third was "Seneca: A Life" (also published in the US as "The Greatest Empire": Penguin/ OUP USA, 2015).  She has published verse translations of Seneca's tragedies (Oxford World's Classics), Euripides ("The Greek Plays", Modern Library Random House), and The Odyssey (Norton, fall 2017).  Other publications include various chapters and articles on the reception of classical literature in English literature, and reviews in the TLS and LRB. She is the classics editor for the revised Norton Anthology of World Literature, and Western Literature. 

Profile in NYT magazine:

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Daily Stoic. 

Slate culture gabfest and gabfest Plus:

Review of me and Daniel Mendelssohn in the Atlantic:

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Courses Taught

fall 2013

ENGL 029.401 Classical Traditions  

fall 2011

ENGL 029.401 Classical Traditions  

spring 2011

fall 2010

ENGL 029.401 Classical Traditions cancelled  

spring 2008

ENGL 229.301 Love and Loss  

spring 2007

ENGL 229.403 Tragedy and the Tragic  

spring 2005

ENGL 229.301 Love and Loss  

spring 2004

ENGL 096.401 Ancient Novel