Interviews here are conducted by ἱστορία (Historia), a student publication of St. John's College.
Sarah Ruden on the Nature of Translation
Dr. Sarah Ruden is a translator, poet, essayist, and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard and an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminar and has taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Cape Town, among other places. Dr. Ruden is well known for her translations of Latin literature, including the Aeneid (Yale University Press, 2009) and the Confessions (Modern Library, 2017), as well as two books about the Bible and a new translation of the Gospels with the Modern Library, forthcoming in 2021. Dr. Ruden gave the 2019-2020 Steiner Lecture at St. John’s College, entitled “Vergil's Aeneid and Augustine's Confessions: Reading, Writing, Being Human”, after which this interview was held.