Rachel Bryant Davies holds an Addison Wheeler Research Fellowship in Classics with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University, UK, and is an Early Career Associate with the Oxford Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama. She previously studied Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge and was a Leverhulme Doctoral Fellow with the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group.
She is the author of Troy, Carthage and the Victorians: The Drama of Classical Ruins in the Nineteenth-Century Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Victorian Epic Burlesques: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Theatrical Entertainments after Homer (Bloomsbury, 2018). Following a CNCS Workshop in 2016, she is co-editing a volume of essays entitled Childhood Encounters with History in British Culture, 1750-1914 (with Barbara Gribling, under contract with Manchester University Press for 2020).
Her current project, 'Classics at Play: Greco-Roman Antiquity in British Children's Culture, 1750-1914', investigates how classical pasts were persistently exploited in diverse media, ranging from alphabets to puzzles and spectacular shows, to create models of idealised behaviour.