One of the most distinguished translators of ancient works into modern English. As translator of ancient Greek his work includes some of the great pieces of that time. Fagles has won some of the most prestigious awards when it comes to literature, for his ability to convey ancient thought while pertaining to modern speech is immense.


A Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Fagles is and was an only child, and his father died when he was young, which left his mother to influence him. He is married, and has two daughters. Fagles is currently working on a new translation of Virgil's The Aeneid

"The best living translator of ancient Greek drama, lyric poetry, and epic into modern English" - Garry Willis (The New Yorker)

    Translations by Robert Fagles (as of 9.3.01)

  1. The Odyssey -Homer
  2. The Iliad -Homer
  3. The Oresteia (Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides) -Aeschylus
  4. The Three Theban Plays (Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus) -Sophocles

    Awards won by Robert Fagles (as of 9.3.01)

  • PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation.
  • 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • 1991 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award by the Academy of American Poets.

Also published by Fagles - Vincent: Poems from the Pictures of Van Gogh

All information gathered from Robert Fagles books and common knowledge

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