This article is from 2006.
This cultural and social historian, author and broadcaster has written and presented numerous documentaries for television including The Moors, The Seven Ages of Britain and The Spartans (the DVD and accompanying book of which are bestsellers on Amazon). Bettany Hughes’ work is informed by her Ancient and Modern History degree from Oxford and her travels around the Balkans, Greece and Asia Minor as part of her post-graduate research. She has a captivating, down to earth enthusiasm for her subjects and strives to make them interesting and accessible to as wide an audience as possible, both through her television/film projects and working in a variety of inner city social inclusions initiatives.
In her first solo book, published last year, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, Hughes mixes archaeological fact, literature and her own personal observations to create what she calls ‘the best book on Helen of Troy ever written.’ Next up is a book about Socrates. (Laura Hird)
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