Biography and History

Robert Fagles, born on September 11, 1933, was an extremely influential Greek translator. He grew up in Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate studies at Amherst, where he fell in love with Greek literature. He pursued Greek literature at Yale University and received a Ph.D. in English in 1959. In 1962 Fagles moved to Princeton to become an assistant professor, and he stayed at Princeton University for the following forty years. During his career, Fagles worked on translations of the major Greek works as well as more scholarly work and poems of his own. His translations of Sophocles and Homer remain extremely popular. He married Lynne in 1956 and had two daughters.

Source: From the finding aid for TC014