Venus and Aphrodite (Paperback)Bettany Hughes (author)
'Lively' THE TIMES
'Engrossing' THE SPECTATOR
'Stunning' WOMAN & HOME
'Marvellous' BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE
Through ancient art, evocative myth, intriguing archaeological discoveries and philosophical explorations, Bettany Hughes takes us on a voyage of discovery to reveal the truth behind Venus, and why this immortal goddess is so much more than nudity, romance and sex. It is 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: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 8 mm
An intriguing tale that tracks the gorgeous and omnipresent Venus of western civilisation back 6,000 years ... engrossing -- Charlotte Hobson * THE SPECTATOR *
A marvellous biography of a goddess that delves beneath her passive modern image ... Hughes's account of Aphrodite's early evolution forms the most fascinating sections of this superb book -- Catherine Nixey * BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE *
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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“Engaging and informative”
Charting the worship of one of the most venerated of ancient goddesses from her pre graeco-roman origins through the classical period and onwards, her flame kept alive by artists and poets alike. Punctuated by photos... More
I found this book unsatisfying to read. Bettany Hughes is supposed to be a scholar, but the book was rather lightweight, much like her recent television series about the Odyssey. The illustrations were good and... More
“A good introduction but a little short”
This was an interesting but ultimately, a little bit too brief exploration of Aphrodite/Venus throughout history. Following a chronological structure, we see the origins of the goddess through to how she is... More
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