Dr. Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. She works with educational charities and establishments around the world to promote learning and understanding. She has written and presented over fifty film and radio documentaries examining the history of ideas from religion to philosophy, linking eastern and western cultures, and the ancient with the modern world. Her programmes have been seen by over 250 million viewers worldwide.
She has received many academic distinctions including the Norton Medlicott Medal for History as well as awards for her contributions to popular history, including her first book ‘Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore’, which has been translated into ten languages, and its successor, ‘The Hemlock Cup, Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life’, which was on the New York Times bestseller list and was shortlisted for the Writer’s Guild Award. Her third book, Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities, a cultural history of the Byzantine and Turkish metropolis, is published on 26 January 2017.
After her successful lecture at its annual general meeting in 2015, the British Institute at Ankara is delighted that Bettany Hughes has accepted an invitation to become honorary patron of the Institute, and looks forward to working together with her in the future.