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Istanbul: A tale of Three Cities SOLD OUT

Saturday 25 March 2017

1 Hour


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Award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes tells the story of Istanbul – of the three great cities of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul.

Hughes argues that Istanbul is not just a city, it is a story. She looks at the many incarnations of Istanbul – a city of three names and one in which archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human inhabitation over the last 6,000 years. Istanbul has long been the gateway between East and West. It has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires and, for many years, was known simply as The City.

Hughes’s previous books are Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life. She has made a number of documentaries for the BBC and other leading channels, is a research fellow of King’s College London and a winner of the Norton Medlicott Medal for History.

Sponsored by University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education.