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Bettany Hughes
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Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her first book, Helen of Troy, has been translated into ten languages. She has written and presented numerous documentaries for the BBC, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic, which have been seen by more than 100 million viewers worldwide. She received her degrees in ancient and medieval history from Oxford University and holds a Research Fellowship at King’s College, London. She lives in the United Kingdom and abroad with her husband and their two daughters.

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Helen of Troy
The Story Behind the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Written by Bettany Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $19.95

As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject. Hesiod, a poet born around 700BC and one of the first named authors in history, called her ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’ and the description endured. Even though there exists no contemporary representation of her... Read more >
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Helen of Troy
The Story Behind the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Written by Bettany Hughes


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 2009
Price: $13.99

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The Hemlock Cup
Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life
Written by Bettany Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $17.95

Winner of the Norton Medlicott Award
From the celebrated British author and historian: a brilliant new book combining historical inquiry and storytelling élan to paint an unprecedentedly vivid portrait of Socrates and the Golden Age of classical Athens.

We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did; in... Read more >
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The Hemlock Cup
Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life
Written by Bettany Hughes


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $13.99

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