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Venus and Aphrodite: History of a Goddess

Bettany Hughes

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
12 November 2019
Regional & national history; Ancient history: to c 500 CE; Classical history & classical civilisation; Social & cultural history; Religion & beliefs; Ancient religions & mythologies
Through ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations, Bettany Hughes shows why this immortal goddess endures through to the 21st century, and what her journey through time reveals about what matters to us as humans.

Charting the origins of Venus in powerful ancient deities, Hughes demonstrates that Venus is much more complex than first meets the eye. Beginning in Cyprus - the goddess's mythical birthplace - Hughes 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.

Venus and Aphrodite
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.

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By:   Bettany Hughes
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9781474610360
ISBN 10:   1474610366
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   12 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books HELEN OF TROY: GODDESS, PRINCESS, WHORE; THE HEMLOCK CUP: SOCRATES, ATHENS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE and ISTANBUL were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success - the latter was a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller. Hughes has made a number of factual films and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, The History Channel and ABC. She is a Research Fellow of King's College London and has been honoured with numerous awards including the Norton Medlicott Medal for History. www.bettanyhughes.co.uk | @bettanyhughes

Reviews for Venus and Aphrodite: History of a Goddess

Explore the mythological Goddess of Love with this stunning book by historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes. She looks at the origins, archaeological revelations and philosophical implications of the woman known to the Romans as Venus, and to the Greeks as Aphrodite * WOMAN & HOME * Erudition, with an erotic frisson ... In this lively, wide-ranging book, Hughes paints a portrait of a darker Venus, a violent, vengeful shape-shifting Venus, with salt in her hair and surf at her feet -- Laura Freeman * THE TIMES *


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