Bettany Hughes

Bettany Hughes

Historian, TV Presenter and Author of Istanbul: A Tale of Two Cites and Venus & Aphrodite: History of a Goddess

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. She is the author of Venus & Aphrodite (2019), Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities (2017), Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore (2005) and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life (2010) – all published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. Bettany is a Research Fellow of King’s College London, a Tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuing Education and Visiting Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities. She’s been honored with numerous awards including the prestigious Norton Medlicott Medal for History and was Chair of the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction 2019.

Bettany’s made documentaries on history, culture and philosophy for BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and HISTORY, including Byzantium Unearthed and a BBC Radio 4 series where she tracked the old Roman Road, the Via Egnatia, from Albania to Istanbul.