Aharon Shabtai was born in 1939 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Kibbutz Merhavia. After his military service, he studied Greek and philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Sorbonne and at Cambridge. Shabtai has taught at Hebrew University and since 1990 at Tel Aviv University.
Shabtai has published 20 books of poetry and has become one of the most acclaimed Israeli poets. He was awarded the 1999 Tchernikhovsky Prize and the 1993 Prime Minister’s Prize for Translation for his work as Hebrew translator of Greek drama, including Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.
English translations of his work include: “Love and Other Poems” (1997) and “J’Accuse” (2003).
In this web exclusive clip, Aharon Shabtai reads more of his poetry: