Emily Wilson

Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Graduate Chair; Graduate Chair of Classical Studies


  • FAAR 2006-2007
  • PhD, Classics and Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2001
  • Master of Philosophy, English Renaissance Literature,
    Corpus Christi College Oxford, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, Literae Humaniores, Classical Literature
    and Philosophy, Balliol College Oxford, 1994

Research and teaching interests:

  • Tragedy
  • Poetics and literary theory
  • Literature and philosophy
  • Reception of classical literature, especially in the Renaissance
  • Gender
  • Genre

Selected publications: 

  • 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:

  • Translations of three tragedies of Euripides, Modern Greek Library (Random House)
  • Odyssey: Translation of the poem, for Norton
  • Book project on Seneca: Penguin and OUP

Recent courses: 

  • 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

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