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Bettany Hughes will Talk About and Sign her Book, Venus & Aphrodite, History of a Goddess

Award-Winning Historian, Broadcaster and Author, Bettany Hughes will Talk About and Sign her Book, Venus & Aphrodite, History of a Goddess

  • Tue Feb 18, 2020 - 19:30
  • Central Methodist Church, Letchworth, SG6 3TR

Through ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations, award-winning historian Bettany Hughes explains why the ancient goddess Venus – called Aphrodite by the Greeks – endures through to the twenty-first century, and what her journey through time reveals about what matters to us as humans.

Charting Venus’s origins in powerful ancient deities, Bettany demonstrates that this immortal goddess is far more complex than first meets the eye. Beginning in Cyprus, her mythical birthplace, Bettany decodes Venus’s relationship to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and, in turn, Aphrodite’s mixed-up origins not only as a Cypriot spirit of fertility and procreation but also as a descendant of the prehistoric war goddesses of the Near and Middle East: Ishtar, Inanna and Astarte. On her voyage of discovery to reveal the truth behind Venus, Bettany reveals how this mythological figure is so much more than nudity, romance and sex.

Bettany Hughes 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.  She has made a number of documentaries on history, culture and philosophy for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and The History Channels.