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Abstract: In conversation, award-winning historian and author Bettany Hughes shares her research and journeys in the field to track down the archaeology, history and mythical impact of the goddess Aphrodite and Venus through time and across continents. Asking what the Goddess of Love really represents she investigates evidence from the Middle East and Cyprus as well as Greece and Rome. Bettany will also reveal the behind the scenes stories of her Greek Island Odyssey.


Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books – ISTANBUL: A Tale of Three Cities (2017), HELEN OF TROY: Goddess, Princess, Whore (2005) and THE HEMLOCK CUP: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life (2010) – were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. Bettany is a Research Fellow of King’s College London, a Tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuing Education and a Visiting Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities and has been honoured with numerous awards including the prestigious Norton Medlicott Medal for History.

Her latest books VENUS AND APHRODITE: A History of the Goddess and ISTANBUL: a Tale of Three Cities are available via


Thursday 17 December, 6pm (UK) / 8pm (Greece)

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When: 17 December, 2020
Where: Virtual Lecture – –