Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK)
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK)

FoI at Waterstones/

Thu 24 May 2018
19:00-20:00

Waterstones
Price: £8/ £6

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travellers, hospitality and the yearning for home. Classicist Emily Wilson discusses her new translation of The Odyssey – the first English translation by a woman. She talks about her work on the text and reveals how the ancient story is relevant today.

 

She is in conversation with Sarah LeFanu.

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The Bath Festival (UK)
May
26
12:45 PM12:45

The Bath Festival (UK)

To the Western world’s first great adventure story, The Odyssey, comes its first female translator, classicist Emily Wilson, whose sprightly and fresh version is already garnering huge praise. Join her and hear extended readings from Homer’s epic tale of war, violence and the long journey home – themes that remain as pressing now as they ever were.

Venue: Assembly Rooms

Price: £10 (£9)

 

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Hay Festival (UK) The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer
May
27
4:00 PM16:00

Hay Festival (UK) The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating HomerSunday 27 May 2018, 4pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travelers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

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West Cork Literary Festival (Ireland)
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

West Cork Literary Festival (Ireland)

Emily Wilson has written a lean, fleet-footed translation of The Odyssey that recaptures Homer’s ‘nimble gallop’ and brings an ancient epic to new life.

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world.

This vivid new poetic translation—the first ever by a woman—matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace. Eschewing showy poeticisms and high-flown rhetoric, Emily Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’ that avoids proclaiming its own grandeur or importance.

An engrossing tale told in a compelling new voice that allows contemporary readers to luxuriate in Homer’s magical descriptions and similes and to thrill at the tension and excitement of its hero’s fantastical adventures, Wilson’s Odyssey recaptures what is ‘epic’ about this wellspring of world literature.

This event is presented in conjunction with Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Cost
€16

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Seamus Heaney HomePlace (Ireland)
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Seamus Heaney HomePlace (Ireland)

The Odyssey: Find The Beginning with Emily Wilson

22 Jul 

At the Helicon

The Helicon is our intimate 190-seater performance space, designed with a nod to the Greek theatre which Seamus Heaney so loved, and where you can enjoy theatre, music, song, poetry, readings and talks inspired by his life and literature on the traverse stage.
 
Helicon, a mountain in Greece, is a sacred site in Greek mythology, said to have been favoured by the nine Muses – or Goddesses - who shared their divine gifts with mortals. It is the location of the Hippocrene spring which, in legend, is a source of poetic inspiration.

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Key West Literary Seminar (Florida)
Jan
10
to Jan 13

Key West Literary Seminar (Florida)

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Each year, the Key West Literary Seminar explores a particular literary theme. For our 37th event, January 10-13, 2019, we’ll assemble some of today’s most dazzling writers for a journey through literary archetypes—from Shakespeare and Homer to African folktales and early 20th-century novels and comic-book heroes—as we seek to understand the nature of literary influence.

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The Wheeler Center (Melbourne, Australia)
May
8
12:30 PM12:30

The Wheeler Center (Melbourne, Australia)

Bizarre, brutal and beautiful, Homer’s The Odyssey is a story of adventure and revenge. It’s one of our oldest stories and an enduring source of obsession for readers, scholars and storytellers.

In Australia, if you studied The Odyssey at school or at university, you probably read it in English and in prose. How much of the rhythm, pace and spirit of Homer’s epic Greek poem has been lost through dozens of English translations over hundreds of years? And what can a new, radical intervention from a different kind of translator bring to our understanding of the story?

Classicist Emily Wilson is the author of an immersive translation that breathes new life into The Odyssey. Written in startling, spirited verse, Wilson’s Odyssey soars and sings. At the centre of all the action is, of course, the sacker of cities and slayer of suitors, Odysseus himself. In Wilson’s telling, our hero is introduced as ‘a complicated man’; a figure of many moods and layers.

In May, this remarkable scholar – and the first woman to translate The Odyssey in English – will discuss translation, truth and complex heroes with Alison Croggon.

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Sydney Writer's Festival (Australia)
May
6
4:30 PM16:30

Sydney Writer's Festival (Australia)

In 2017, Emily Wilson became the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. Her translation of the 12,110-line epic poem offered a fresh perspective on the rousing tale of shipwrecks, monsters and magic. Her text has been praised for its accuracy and an accessibility that brings the ancient work into the 21st century ... . Speaking to Jennifer Byrne, Emily elaborates on her approach to translating the second-oldest text in Western literature and why it remains so vital today.

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Newell Classical Event at St. John's College, University of Cambridge (UK)
May
3
7:15 PM19:15

Newell Classical Event at St. John's College, University of Cambridge (UK)

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The Newell Classical Event 2018, celebrating the classical world, is to take place at St John’s College on 3 May.

Emily Wilson’s acclaimed new translation of Homer’s Odyssey has been described as ‘a new cultural landmark’ (The Guardian) and 'an Odyssey for our moment’ (The Spectator).

The Newell Classical Event will take place at 7.15pm on Thursday 3 May in the Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, and pre-booking is not necessary. For further information, please contact tjgw100@cam.ac.uk

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Daunt Books, London (UK)
May
2
12:30 PM12:30

Daunt Books, London (UK)

Event Details

10 pounds admission

Wednesday 2nd May at 12:30pm
Event takes place at Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW.
Please collect your tickets at the venue.

Emily Wilson has been much lauded on both sides of the Atlantic for her brilliant new translation of Homer’s Odyssey, which is also the first English translation by a woman.

“Fresh, crisp and thoughtful, the translation reflects smart choices across the board…Homer has long deserved better, as have his readers. Now we have it.” i Paper

‘Wilson’s version is an exciting one’ Mary Beard

 

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Gods and Mortals: Madeline Miller with Emily Wilson at the New York Public Library
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Gods and Mortals: Madeline Miller with Emily Wilson at the New York Public Library

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New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
42nd St and 5th Ave

The author of the international bestseller The Song of Achilles returns with her latest novel, the story of the mythological sorceress Circe, inspired by The Odyssey. She speaks about it with classicist and Odyssey translator Emily Wilson.

Madeline Miller's first novel, The Song of Achilles, transformed The Iliad from a vast impersonal epic into an intimate and poignant love story, combining scholarship with creativity to such heights that Miller won comparisons to Mary Renault and Margaret Atwood—as well as the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Now Miller turns her mind to Homer's other great work, and one of mythology's most riveting figures, in Circe.

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In conversation with the Rosenbach Museum (Philadelphia)
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

In conversation with the Rosenbach Museum (Philadelphia)

**SOLD OUT**

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In a fresh, authoritative version, this stirring tale comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Wilson’s engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

Emily Wilson will discuss her approach to translating the Odyssey into English verse, exploring her formal, poetic, literary and interpretative choices. She will include reading from her translation, and would be delighted to answer questions from the audience.

This program is sponsored by Jim and Genie Murphy.

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Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)

Tuesday, April 3 at 5:30 PM EDT

Location

Pryz Great Room B

Description

Emily Wilson is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate Chair of Comparative Literature.

Her previous books are:

The Greatest Empire:  A Life of Seneca (2014); The Norton Anthology of World Literature and Western Literature (2012); Six Tragedies of Seneca (2010); The Death of Socrates:  Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007); and Mocked with Death:  Tragic Overliving from Socrates to Milton (2003)

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Keynote Address, WOMEN IN CORE CONFERENCE, Temple University
Mar
16
5:30 PM17:30

Keynote Address, WOMEN IN CORE CONFERENCE, Temple University

WOMEN IN CORE CONFERENCE

While more texts by and about women appear on core text syllabi than ever, integrating women into core curricula continues to present special challenges and opportunities. The Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University, in partnership with the Association of Core Texts and Courses and with support from Temple’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, welcomes proposals for papers addressing the variety of ways in which women figure in the core. These include, but are not limited to: texts by women authors or about women characters; challenges and successes in integrating women’s voices in core curricula; questions concerning the canon and the archive; the dynamics of gender identity in the classroom; critical developments in feminism and gender studies; and intersectionality.

Hosted by the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University

Co-Sponsored by the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC)

Supported by Temple’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program

For more information, contact

Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Director for Special Programs, Intellectual Heritage Program

Email

Attendees must register for the conference  https://sites.temple.edu/womenincore/registration-and-accommodations/

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Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Classics Professor Emily Wilson will present "Translating the Odyssey: How, Why, When” on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 5:30 pm, in Taylor Hall, Room 203. The event is free and open to the public.

Emily Wilson is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the first woman to translate Homer's Odyssey into English.  Her book was published in 2017 by W.W. Norton, and has received international coverage.  She has also translated works of Euripides and Seneca, and produced a number of scholarly monographs.  In her lecture Wilson will discuss her experience of translating Homer's epic poem.

This event is sponsored by the Greek and Roman Studies Department, Women's Studies Department and the Library.

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Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania

SOLD OUT

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey comes alive in an entirely new way in this fresh, authoritative new translation by Dr. Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Recently profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Dr. Wilson is the first woman to translate this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic into English, and her translation captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Reception to follow for Penn Museum Expedition Circle members at the Fellows level and up, the 1887 Society, and the Sara Yorke Stevenson Society.

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Lexington (Massachusetts) Community Education
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Lexington (Massachusetts) Community Education

Lexington Community Education

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version—the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman—this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music.


Emily Wilson’s Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband’s long absence, to the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

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