Emily Wilson on translating Homer (and more)

From this Twitter thread full of curiosities and opportunities for shared frustration:

There is no common English word of four syllables or fewer connoting "person particularly favored by Zeus due to high social status, and by the way this is a very normal ordinary word which is not drawing any special attention to itself whatsoever, beyond generic heroizing".

And more: a conversation between Tyler Cowen and Emily Wilson on translations, language, the value of the classics, Odysseus as leader, and much else besides.