The Odyssey

Odysseus’ Journey and His Women

Professor Bettany Hughes, Award Winning Historian, Author and Broadcaster

A few months ago – in the ‘time before Covid’ Bettany followed in the footsteps of the ancient Greek warrior and hero – wily Odysseus. Or rather, she followed his watery trail across the Eastern Mediterranean – emulating his fateful voyage home from the Battlefields of Troy, to his own island of Ithaka in Western Greece.

In recalling her own odyssey by boat and sailboat, she shares both the bigger truths we can learn from ancient stories and adventures, as well as the day-to-day truths – the quotidian clues to real life at the beginning of civilisation over 3000 years ago – to see how in so many ways that ancient world still has relevance to our own.

Including what we can learn from Odysseus’ women….

Famous world-over for her vibrant communication of the past, Bettany Hughes delivers this extraordinary exclusive presentation for the Ramsay Centre.

Speaker profile: Professor Bettany Hughes

Professor Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her speciality is ancient and mediaeval history and culture. A Scholar at Oxford University she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht, Manchester and Swansea. She is a Tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education, a Research Fellow of King’s College London and recently joined the New College of the Humanities as Professor of History.

Her first book Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore has been translated into ten languages. Her second, The Hemlock Cup, Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Writer’s Guild Award. Her latest book Istanbul – A Tale of Three Cities was shortlisted for the Runciman Award and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Istanbul – A Tale of Three Cities has already been translated into twelve languages. She has written and presented over 50 TV and radio documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Discovery, PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC World and ITV. Her programmes have now been seen by over 250 million worldwide. 


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