In this interview, Dr. Diane Arnson Svarlien discusses her love of the classics, her work as a translator, Greek Tragedy, the playwright Euripides, and the Medea. Dr. Arnson Svarlien is a verse translator and classicist who lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Her translations of poets like Sappho, Semonides, Theocritus, Catullus, Horace, and Ovid have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (Norton, 2010). She has published three collections of translations of the plays of Euripides--the first is called Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus (published in 2007), the second is Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women (2012), and the third is Ion, Helen, Orestes, all put out by Hackett Publishing. Diane Arnson Svarlien has taught at Georgetown College, and she studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Ph.D in Classics and her MA in Greek; she also studied at the University of Virginia, where she earned her BA in English and Classics. She was awarded a Literature Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010.
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The Western Canon is a monthly podcast dedicated to examining the timeless stories, ideas, and thinkers of the Western literary tradition. Working chronologically through "the great conversation of history," each episode focuses on a distinct canonical work, set of works, or intellectual period. Featuring lively summary, literary analysis, philosophical discussion, and guest commentary, the show also tackles social and political issues related to Western civilization, the modern university, free speech, well-being, and much more. Educate your mind and feed your soul by tuning in with Jordan Alexander Hill, Gina Santiago, and special guests on the 1st of every month!