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Festival of Homer – translating the Odyssey: a new perspective
June 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm$30 – $40
Melbourne-based journalist and podcaster Matt Smith will interview Professor Emily Wilson via videoconference to explore her experience translating the Odyssey, the choices she made when developing her translation, and the importance of new translations to bridge the gap between antiquity and the contemporary world. TICKETS HERE
In 2017, Professor Emily Wilson became the first woman to have a translation of the Odyssey published in English. Her work has been widely praised for both its clarity and accessibility. At the same time, one of her goals was to echo the poetic nature of the Odyssey, and she has presented her translation in metre, with a ‘crisp and musical’ style.
Her translation is firmly rooted in the ancient Greek text. But the task of translating it into English and into the context of the 21st century means that many difficult decisions had to be made. As Professor Wilson herself has noted, ‘translation always, necessarily, involves interpretation.’ In this case, her translation has been described as an attempt ‘to scrape away all the centuries of verbal and ideological build-up.’
$100 Festival pass – full price
$90 Festival pass – concession
$80 Festival pass – Humanities 21 member
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