Venus and Aphrodite (Hardback)Bettany Hughes (author)
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One of our most engaging classicists takes on the most iconic goddess of the ancient world: Venus. Tracing a path through the myths and legends of antiquity, Hughes unravels Venus’s connections not just to Aphrodite but to the goddesses of the Near and Middle East. Venus and Aphrodite is superlative narrative history that brings the distant past to vibrant, exotic life.
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.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 30 mm
'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
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“A good introduction but a little short”
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