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In conversation with the Rosenbach Museum (Philadelphia)

  • Rosenbach Museum 2008-2010 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA USA (map)


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.