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Bettany Hughes 'Venus and Aphrodite' Book Signing

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Bettany Hughes will be with us to sign her brand new book 'Venus and Aphrodite'

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Blackwell's is thrilled to announce that we will be joined by award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, Bettany Hughes, who will be signing copies of her new book 'Venus and Aphrodite: History of a Goddess'.

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Through ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations Bettany Hughes shows why this immortal goddess 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 Venus is far more complex than first meets the eye. Beginning in Cyprus, the goddess's mythical birthplace, Bettany decodes Venus's relationship to the Greek goddess Aphrodite, and, in turn, Aphrodite's mixed-up origins both 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 a voyage of discovery to reveal the truth behind Venus, Hughes reveals how this mythological figure is so much more than nudity, romance and sex. It is the both the remarkable story of one of antiquity's most potent forces, and the story of human desire - how it transforms who we are and how we behave.

Bettany Hughes is the author of HELEN OF TROY: GODDESS, PRINCESS, WHORE; THE HEMLOCK CUP: SOCRATES, ATHENS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE and the Sunday Times bestseller ISTANBUL: A TALE OF THREE CITIES. Bettany Hughes has made a number of factual films and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, The History Channel and ABC, and is a co-founder of the internationally focussed production house SandStone Global. She is a Research Fellow of King’s College London and has been honoured with numerous awards including the Norton Medlicott Medal for History.

This signing is free, but please do register if you plan on attending. It will be taking place in our History and Classics department on the second floor. For more information, please call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333 623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.

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