Wentao Zhai
J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School ’21

I graduated from Middlebury College in 2017 with high honors in Classics, and received the Ertegun Scholarship in Humanities at Oxford for a Masters Degree in Greek and Latin languages and literature. Although I subsequently enrolled in law school and am no longer pursuing a career in academia, classical literature remains a passion of mine, and I am deeply interested in the prospect of introducing the study of ancient Mediterranean world to students in China. My translation of Virgil emanated from my coursework in college, when I took more advanced courses in Latin poetry. I had attempted literary translation sporadically in the past, mostly between Chinese and English, but translating from Latin was more challenging and stimulating.


Asbury J. Clarke Professor of Classical Studies, Dickinson College
Professor of Classical Studies, DePauw University, Distinguished Guest Professor at Shanghai Normal University
Professor of Classical Studies, Dickinson College