Sarah Ruden

Sarah Ruden is a translator, poet, and journalist whose books include The Face of Water : A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible and translations of Augustine’s Confessions and Vergil’s Aeneid. This essay is adapted from her forthcoming book, Vergil: The Poet’s Life, to be published in August by Yale University Press.

Will the Real Vergil Please Stand Up?

Making sense of the life of a poet about whom we know so little

by Sarah Ruden | Thursday, August 17, 2023

Feast of Eden

A look at humanity’s most famous star-crossed couple

by Sarah Ruden | Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Riddles for the Afterlife

Decoding the hieroglyphs that accompanied the dead pharaohs

by Sarah Ruden | Monday, December 07, 2015

Upward Bound

Abraham’s merciful stay of hand

by Sarah Ruden | Thursday, September 05, 2013

Golden Rules

Wealth and culture in early Christian times

by Sarah Ruden | Tuesday, September 04, 2012

End Times

The Bible’s failed prophecy

by Sarah Ruden | Thursday, March 01, 2012