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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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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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Excellently crafted & told history of Aphrodite.

I love listening to Bettany Hughes. Her subject matter is always interesting and this book, written and narrated by her, is a must in my opinion.

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Fascinating and delightful.

This book is both fascinating and delightful. Bettany Hughes's reading is a please to listen to.

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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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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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Great

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-21

Bettany Hughes is the voice of Venus.

Bettany, you are truly a wonder to behold. I’ve already listened through this book and already ready for round two.
Do write more.
Sincerely Gabriel M.

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  • Jose Tamayo
  • 10-06-21

Love

I love it. As a devoted of Aphrodite and Venus and this that taught me so much about the legends and believes of the goddess throughout the ages from the beginning to are currently times

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  • Hugo Ascencio
  • 23-11-20

what a pleasure

it certainly has the touch of Venus. Delicious to listen, and as always a learning experience with Bettany. Love it!!

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  • Archana Lee
  • 17-05-20

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.