Bettany Hughes

Lecturer, Historian, Bestselling Author & Broadcaster

Bettany Hughes OBE is a multi-award-winning cultural and social historian, specialising in the classical world. She has written and presented over fifty TV and radio documentaries in the UK and US – including Athens: The Trouble With Democracy, Helen of Troy, The Spartans and Seven Ages of Britain – earning her the Naomi Sargent Education Prize for Broadcast Excellence and a Special Award for Services to Hellenic Culture and Heritage. 

Bettany’s four non-fiction books – Helen of Troy, The Hemlock Cup, Istanbul and Venus & Aphrodite – were all published to critical acclaim. The Hemlock Cup was a New York Time bestseller and shortlisted for the Writer’s Guild Award and Istanbul was shortlisted for the Runciman Award and a Sunday Times bestseller. She was awarded an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association, the Distinguished Friend of Oxford Award for her contribution to the academic life of the University, was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious European Helena Vaz de Silva Prize for promoting Public Awareness of European Heritage, and in 2019, was given an OBE for services to history. Alongside this, she has been widely commended for drawing attention to the role of women in society throughout history and today. She stands on the Women of the World Committee, been named one of the BBC’s 100 Global Woman, and has written extensively on the subject for national and international publications.