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Includes the names: Bettany Hughes, Bettany Huhges

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The King Must Die (1958) — Introduction, some editions — 2,684 copies
Seven Ages of Britain [2010 TV series] (2010) — Narrator — 47 copies
Sin City: London in Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) — Foreword, some editions — 43 copies
Seven Ages of Britain (2003) — Foreword — 37 copies
Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World [2011 film] (2012) — Narrator — 8 copies
Helen of Troy [2005 film] (2005) — Narrator — 3 copies

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I haven't read it yet, but I hardly think she'll stop being top quality
 
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mrsnickleby | Jan 18, 2024 |
Bettany Hughes' history of the goddess of love and fertility includes not only the classical divinities named in the title but also their Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Phoenician precursors. It is fascinating how these cultural icons, while superficially similar, varied between cultures and over time. The Semitic goddess Astarte and early Greek Aphrodite, for example, were seen as fierce goddesses of war and conflict, not just the gentle goddess of love and lust with whom we are familiar. The author goes on to show how Aphrodite/Venus influenced the Christian image of the Virgin Mary and continues to have an impact on popular culture. The text is accompanied by excellent illustrations. My only complaint about the book is its brevity--I would have liked more.… (more)
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VenRandle | 2 other reviews | Jan 15, 2024 |
Audiobook. Rather wonderful. vast sweep of history is all there even the links between King Arthur's Tintagel and Byzantium. sometimes almost mythical in making the City come alive as personality. Well read, Bettany: she is and did.
 
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vguy | 8 other reviews | May 28, 2023 |

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