Bettany Hughes investigates how poets over the centuries have described Helen of Troy, showing how conventional views of female beauty have changed.

 

 

 

A three-part series which re-evaluates the Italian Renaissance - looking at the atmosphere on the streets as well as in the scholar's study, at the true meaning of the rediscovery of pagan antiquity and the role of women in the cultural process.

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