Portrait of Dr Rosie Wyles

Dr Rosie Wyles

Senior Lecturer in Classical History and Literature


Dr Rosie Wyles researches the cultural history of the ancient world through theatre performance. She did her undergraduate studies in Classics at Oxford and was awarded her PhD on the ancient performance reception of Euripides from the University of London in 2007. This was part of the AHRC-funded project on the reception of ancient theatre undertaken by the Archive for the Performance Reception of Greek and Roman Drama, Oxford. 

Before joining Kent, Rosie held posts at the University of Oxford, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, the University of Nottingham and at King's College London. 

Research interests

Rosie's research interests include Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond it, and gender.  

Rosie is part of the Artefacts and Society research cluster.


Rosie teaches classical mythology, Greek drama, ancient Greek and Latin literature, and reception.



After being selected to be a part of the first BBC Female Experts media training scheme (2013), Rosie has since contributed to both television and radio broadcasts: 

  • Contributor to BBC World Service ‘The Forum: Antigone’ (2019)
  • Contributor to Radio 4 ‘Natalie Haynes Stands up for Classics’ (2016)
  • Contributor to BBC2 'Who were the Greeks?' (2013)
  • Contributor to BBC4 'Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth (three episodes, 2013).

Public Engagement 

Rosie is active in sharing knowledge of her subject in the public arena: 

  • Panelist in the Medusa Creative Minds symposium on Medusa (in collaboration with the Jasmin Vardimon dance company at Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 2019)
  • Public Art lecture ‘Visualising Ancient Theatre’ (Bristol, 2016)
  • Participant, Heffers bookshop Ancient authors Balloon Debate (Cambridge, 2015)
  • Organiser of Antigone workshop at Gulbenkian Theatre (Canterbury, 2014)
  • Panelist at Cheltenham Literature Festival (October 2014)
  • Speaker at National Theatre Medea in Context Seminars (London 2014)
  • Speaker at York festival of ideas: Medea order and chaos (York 2014)
  • Panelist: Does Greek drama matter now? (King's College, London 2014)
  • Panelist Cambridge Greek play Symposium (Cambridge 2014)   
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