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Bettany Hughes on Istanbul: The World’s Desire

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Public talk
Nov 272017 7PM

Award-winning historian, broadcaster and author Bettany Hughes presents an epic new biography of Istanbul,the city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul. The gateway between the East and the West, and between the North and the South here is a place that served as the capital of the Late Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. Investigating what it takes to make a city, Bettany explores ‘the world’s desire’ a place that is racing up the modern political agenda. Using the very latest techniques and finds – including Neolithic footprints preserved in the deep mud of the Bosphorus – Bettany walks the streets of the city and brings back to life the story of its inhabitants across 8000 years.

Bettany Hughes has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her previous books (HELEN OF TROY: GODDESS, PRINCESS, WHORE and THE HEMLOCK CUP: SOCRATES, ATHENS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE) were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. 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.