Stanley Lombardo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stanley Lombardo
Born (1943-06-19) June 19, 1943 (age 79)
Other namesHae Kwang
SpouseJudith Roitman
Academic background
Alma materLoyola University (BA)
Tulane University (MA)
University of Texas at Austin (PhD)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Kansas

Stanley F. "Stan" Lombardo (alias Hae Kwang;[1] born June 19, 1943) is an American Classicist, and former professor of Classics at the University of Kansas.

He is best known for his translations of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid (published by the Hackett Publishing Company). The style of his translations is a more vernacular one, emphasizing conversational English rather than the formal tone of some older American English translations of classical verse.[2] Lombardo designs his translations to be performed orally, as they were in ancient Greece. He also performs the poems, and has recorded them as audio books. In performance he also likes to play the drums, much like Ezra Pound.[3]


Of Italian ancestry, Lombardo is a native of New Orleans. He has a BA from Loyola University in New Orleans, an MA from Tulane University, and a PhD from the University of Texas (1976). In 1976 he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas, where he served as department chair for fifteen years and taught Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as general courses on Greek literature and culture. He was appointed University of Kansas Honors Program director in 2004.

Lombardo is a Zen master in the Kwan Um School of Zen. Along with his wife, Judith Roitman, who is a retired professor of mathematics at the University of Kansas and a published poet, he was a founding member of the Kansas Zen Center.[4]


Audiobooks and Abridgements[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kansas Zen Center
  2. ^ Mendelsohn, Daniel (1997-07-20). "Yo, Achilles". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  3. ^ Codrescu, Andrei (December 2006). "Driving over the wine-red hills with Homer on tape". Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  4. ^ "Our Teachers". Kansas Zen Center. Retrieved February 12, 2018.


Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]