The Odyssey: 27 Centuries & Counting

There’s an epic poem that has survived re-reading longer than the Bible and Shakespeare—but why?

About Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is professor of Classical Studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. In November 2017, W.W. Norton & Company published her translation of the Odyssey, the first known complete translation by a woman in English. Wilson attended Oxford University and Yale University. In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship.

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About Daniel Mendelsohn

Daniel Mendelsohn is an internationally bestselling author, critic, essayist, and translator. He received degrees in Classics from the University of Virginia and Princeton. After completing his Ph. D., he moved to New York City, where he began freelance writing full time; since 1991 he has been a prolific contributor of essays, reviews, and articles to many publications, particularly The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. He has also been a columnist for BBC Worldwide, The New York Times Book ReviewHarper’s, and New York magazine, where he was the weekly book critic.

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