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Istanbul: The World’s Desire

Speaker: Bettany Hughes

November 21, 2017
Tuesday at 6pm
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Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

Anglo-Turkish Society / Royal Anthropological Institute lecture

Award-winning historian, broadcaster and author Bettany Hughes presents an epic new biography of Istanbul, the city with three names - Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul, the gateway between the East and the West, and between the North and the South which served as the capital of the Late Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires.

Investigating what it takes to make a city, Bettany explores this city ‘the world’s desire’ that is racing up the modern political agenda. Based on meticulous research gathered over a decade and brand new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate and scholarly narrative history at its finest. Using the very latest techniques and finds – including Neolithic footprints preserved in the deep mud of the Bosphorus – Bettany walks the streets of the city and brings back to life the story of its inhabitants across 8000 years.

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