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A cultural history of the goddess of love, from a New York Times best-selling and award-winning historian.

Aphrodite was said to have been born from the sea, rising out of a froth of white foam. But long before the Ancient Greeks conceived of this voluptuous blonde, she existed as an early spirit of fertility on the shores of Cyprus - and thousands of years before that, as a ferocious warrior-goddess in the Middle East. Proving that this fabled figure is so much more than an avatar of commercialized romance, historian Bettany Hughes reveals the remarkable life story of one of antiquity's most potent myths.

Venus and Aphrodite brings together ancient art, mythology, and archaeological revelations to tell the story of human desire. From Mesopotamia to modern-day London, from Botticelli to Beyoncé, Hughes explains why this immortal goddess continues to entrance us today - and how we trivialize her power at our peril.

©2020 Bettany Hughes (P)2020 Basic Books

Critic Reviews

"Informative and entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)

"In this lively, wide-ranging book, Hughes paints a portrait of a darker Venus, a violent, vengeful 'shape-shifting' Venus, with salt in her hair and surf at her feet." (The Times)

"An intriguing tale that tracks the gorgeous and omnipresent Venus of western civilisation back 6,000 years...engrossing." (The Spectator)

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  • 02-02-2021

I've learned about Aphrodite

this is the best book (to me) about the history of Aphrodite! this is awesome for Taurus and Venus signs!

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