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Venus Uncovered

Synopsis

Professor Bettany Hughes embarks on a voyage of discovery, travelling across the Mediterranean and Middle East to reveal the truth about the Goddess Venus and her ancestors, proving that
this mythological figure is more than just an excuse for sensual nudity and chocolate box romance. Bettany explores Venus’ eastern origins in Jordan, uncovers seldom seen prehistoric depictions of the goddess in Cyprus, and learns how the might of Rome was tied directly to Venus. Through ancient art, evocative myth, archaeological revelation and philosophical explorations Bettany reveals how this immortal goddess endures in the 21st century, and what her story reveals about what matters to us as humans.

 

Reviews from the press

Hughes delivers a captivating hour’ The Times

Historian Bettany Hughes goes on an entertaining journey to explore the potent power of Venus and her surprising relevance today’ The Telegraph Digital Choice

Bettany Hughes, who sees Aphrodite/Venus as embodying the dangerous duality of desire, is fascinating on the goddess’ Middle Eastern origins, and in showing how she acquired political potency when Julius Caesar and Cleopatra used the myth…’ The Sunday Times

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Production

SandStone Global for BBC4