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Venus and Aphrodite

Narrated by: Bettany Hughes
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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Through ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations Bettany Hughes shows why this immortal goddess endures through to the 21st century and what her journey through time reveals about what matters to us as humans.  

Charting Venus' origins in powerful ancient deities, Bettany demonstrates that Venus is far more complex than first meets the eye. Beginning in Cyprus, the goddess' mythical birthplace, Bettany decodes Venus' 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.

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©2019 Bettany Hughes (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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amazing

once again Bettany shows us a little magic in the mundane, i find her insight enjoyable regardless of the subject

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  • Archana Lee
  • 17-05-2020

Short take on an intriguing topic

This foray into Aphrodite was over so soon. This is a beautiful piece and so well researched and written. I just wish there were more. Would love a novelized retelling, and/or more examination/exploration. This topic is altogether intriguing. Lovely listening to this British scholar read her own work, and it inspired and informed me to consider this Goddess from a new perspective and to correlate to the fate of the feminine in some ways, and wishing for a resurrection of her might in the spirit of the early times when she was intrinsic and marvelous. Maybe more examples and commentary. Lovely images in the PDF. Do add this to your list, and it’s not long. You can spend the morning with it.

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  • Marie Gordon
  • 17-11-2019

Such a great book and performance

I love this book..perfect....The performance is both exciting and soothing, the content fascinating and enlightening.

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  • Keith
  • 18-08-2020

Short but sweet

Lovely little book. Fascinating walk through the history of both Venus/Aphrodite, and more general, women in prehistory.

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  • S P Richardson
  • 28-04-2020

Aphrodite & Venus

There is so much more to the Goddess Aphrodite & Venus that i never knew before i listened to this audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-2020

Great

Great content and I learnt a lot. Bettany Hughes has a talent for introducing history in an accessible manner.