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Venus and Aphrodite: History of a Goddess - Bettany Hughes

Venus and Aphrodite: History of a Goddess - Bettany Hughes

Title: Venus and Aphrodite

Author:  Bettany Hughes

ISBN:  9781474610360

Weight:  767g

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Venus and Aphrodite by Bettany Hughes

Through ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations Bettany Hughes shows why this immortal goddess endures through to the twenty-first century, and what her journey across time tells us about what matters to us as humans.

Charting Venus’s origins in powerful prehistoric deities, Bettany demonstrates that the goddess is a complex character - far from just a pretty face.  Starting her quest in Cyprus, the goddess’s mythical birthplace, she decodes Venus’s 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 unveil the truth behind Venus, Hughes shows that this mythological figure is so much more than an embodiment of sex and romance.  This is the remarkable story of one of antiquity's most potent forces, and the story of human desire - and how desire transforms who we are and how we behave.

Peer & Press Reviews

Explore the mythological Goddess of Love with this stunning book by historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes.  She looks at the origins, archaeological revelations and philosophical implications of the woman known to the Romans as Venus, and to the Greeks as Aphrodite.

Woman & Home

Erudition, with an erotic frisson…  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.

Laura Freeman, Times

A marvellous biography of a goddess that delves beneath her passive modern image…  Hughes’s account of Aphrodite’s early evolution forms the most fascinating sections of this superb book.

Catherine Nixey, BBC History Magazine

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Venus and Aphrodite
Subtitle History of a Goddess
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 203 pages: this includes several monochrome illustrations and one 8-page section of colour images.

The front matter has an additional 7 pages:

Contents [2]
Foreword [5]

The back matter has a further 36 pages:

Conclusion [10]
Acknowledgements [3]
Illustrations [5]
Select Bibliography [11]
Index [7]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781474610360
ISBN 10 1474610366
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 203 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 146 x 27mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Lubilub / Getty images
Design Tomás Almeida / Orion Books

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