Robert Fagles

2007

Revered translator Robert Fagles (1933–2008) was the recipient of the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2007.

His translations of ancient literature, including Bacchylides’s poems (1961), Aeschyluss Oresteia (1975, 1984), Sophocles’ Three Theban Plays (1984) and Virgil’s Aeneid (2006), introduced those classics to a broader audience. Mr. Fagles’s literary versions of the Homeric epics, rendered in a flexible, six-beat poetic line, were widely praised for capturing the quality of oral performances. His Iliad (1990) and Odyssey (1996) enjoyed popular as well as critical success. The former won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award of theAcademy ofAmerican Poets and the latter the Academy Award in Literature from theAmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters. In 1997, he received the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for lifetime achievement in translation.

Dr. Fagles received his B.A. degree from Amherst College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees fromYale University. He taught at Princeton University from 1960 to 2002, serving as founding chair of the Department of Comparative Literature from 1975 to 1994, and remained a professor emeritus until his death in 2008.