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Stephen Mitchell reads from new translation of The Iliad

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Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts
609.258.5262
srunk@princeton.edu

(Princeton, NJ)  Stephen Mitchell, noted poet, translator and scholar, will read from and discuss his new translation of the Greek epic The Iliad on Wednesday, October 12, 4:30 p.m. in at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton.

Mitchell’s translation into English vernacular, including slang, brings the power of this epic story to new life after 2,700 years.  Alexandra Alter in The Wall Street Journal called Mitchell’s translation, “an action-packed, slick and contemporary rendering of the Trojan war saga,”  noting that Mitchell “may be the closest thing that the translation world has to a rock star.’’

Widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces excitingly new, Mitchell’s translations of other classic literary works such as Gilgamesh, Tao Te Ching, The Book of Job, The Gospel of Jesus, and Bhagavad Gita have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

Michael Cadden, Acting Chair of Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, notes, “We are thrilled to present Stephen Mitchell as part of this year’s Performance Central series.  Opening up a piece of classical literature to new audiences is at the heart of the work of the Lewis Center.  With the publication of his Iliad translation, Stephen is in great demand throughout the U.S. and abroad.  We are delighted he has included Princeton in his itinerary.”

Mitchell’s translation is the first in nearly 15 years and the first based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were added after The Iliad was first written down.  The introduction by Mitchell opens the epic still further to the understanding and appreciation by contemporary audiences.

Other upcoming events in the Performance Central series include:

  • Witness Relocation Spellbinding Dance/Theatre Company performing “I’m Going to Make a Small Incision Behind Your Ear to Check and See If You are Actually Human” on October 13 and 14 at 8:00 p.m.
  • A Conversation with The New Yorker Theatre Critic John Lahr (date to be announced)
  • The Rude Mechs in Dionysus ’69, a re-enactment of The Performance Group’s legendary 1968 adaptation of The Bacchae on December 9 & 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Link to photos: https://lca.sharefile.com/d/s3fe47a5af4c41388

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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