About Bettany

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who has devoted much of the last twenty years to the vibrant communication of the past and to the causes of gender and social equality. 

Dr Hughes, in parallel with her research work, has written and presented more than 40 factual films and radio documentary series for both the British and international markets including Athens: The Truth About Democracy; The Ideas That Make Us Human; Forbidden Families; Alexandria; Divine WomenWhen The Moors Ruled in EuropeBanishing Eve and The Spartans. These have now been seen by more than 250 million people worldwide. 

Her first book, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, was published to critical acclaim and has now been translated into ten languages. Her latest work The Hemlock Cup - Socrates, Athens and the Search For The Good Life was short-listed for the Writer's Guild Award and was a notable non-fiction book of 2011. Both are now the basis for academic modules. Bettany is currently writing a new biography of Istanbul - the result of a decade of on-the-ground research. Next year she will write and present a landmark BBC series on the lives and works of Socrates, Confucius and Buddah.

In recognition of her 'outstanding contribution' to history and historical research, Dr Hughes has been awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal for History. In 2014, in honour of her 'exceptional and outstanding contribution to the academic and outreach work of Oxford University' she has been made one of the few Distinguished Friends of Oxford University. Bettany is a founding patron of the educational charity 'Classics for All', was the Chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the President of JACT, is a judge of the Art Fund Museum of the Year and the English Heritage Angel Awards and is advisor to The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation. A Research Fellow of King's College London, a tutor at Cambridge University's ICE Institute and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and the Historical Association, Bettany vigorously promotes the use of the mind for the benefit of mankind.