Venus And Aphrodite: History Of A Goddess and Istanbul: A Tale Of Three Cities are now available both as eBooks and audiobooks: Venus & Aphrodite Istanbul

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Travelling on her own traditional Dahabiya boat, Bettany journeys almost 1,000 miles from Cairo to the Aswan Dam on the mighty River Nile stopping off at the most iconic and dazzling sites along the way. From ancient gossip on the sex lives of the rich and famous to a close up encounter with King Tut’s grandmother, this colourful travelogue interweaves mystery, revelation, stunning visuals and diverse modern-day encounters to create a unique and unforgettable journey through the highlights of Ancient Egypt...

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A new eight-part landmark history of ancient Rome. Across the series Bettany explores eight key days that she believes define the Roman Empire and help us to understand its remarkable success.

In each episode Bettany travels across the Roman world, delving into the psyche and uncovering brand new archaeological evidence, while lavish drama brings the incredible story of Rome to life.   

The eight days include Rome’s early defeat of her great rival Carthage under Hannibal, at the battle of Zama; a cr...

Bettany Hughes' book, 'Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities' is available to purchase in hardback and paperback in ten countries.

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'Book of the Year' in both the Financial Times and the Telegraph.

“A deeply researched biography of a legendary city…A panoramic cultural history of a fascinating place.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A vibrant, sprawling portrait of a city as enigmatic as it is historically important…Hughes' entertaining narrative style with its visual details, dramatic archaeological discoveries, an...

Bettany Hughes’ series ‘Genius of the Ancient World’ and ‘Genius of the Modern World’ originally broadcast on the BBC are now available to view on Netflix in the US, Canada, Spain, Brazil and Asia. Bettany traces the lives of six great thinkers that have shaped the modern world: Socrates, Confucius, Buddha, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Frederick Nietzsche.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80185801

Fortunately for today’s readers, the historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes has [an] outlook, sufficiently wide to encompass everything from the earliest spear-carrying bronze age inhabitants to marauding ancient Greeks, Christian-slaughtering Roman emperors, pious Byzantine ascetics, world-conquering Ottomans and hatchet-faced 20th-century nationalists. She populates her three cities of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul with a rich and dizzying cast of ordinary and extraordinary men and women...This is a historica...

Bettany's new book, a cultural history of Istanbul, will be released in January 2017, and is available to pre-order.

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qu'ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names - Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries - real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between the East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman,...

A new series which reveals the history of ten of the most influential ideas in the story of civilisation; ideas which continue to affect us all today. 

Bettany Hughes goes beyond the delights of teas and topiary to explore ten inspiring National Trust sites.

Join Bettany as she travels around some of the most splendid sites in England, guided by our experts, to investigate their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.

In a brand new ten-week podcast series from the National Trust, award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes unravels Europe’s influence on our national heritage. Listeners will travel with Bettany through time, from prehistory to the...

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