Professor Bettany Hughes has devoted the last 25 years to bringing the past to life. Her speciality is ancient and mediaeval history and culture.
Bettany has written and presented over 50 TV and radio documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery, BBC World and ITV. Her programmes have now been seen by over 250 million worldwide.
Bettany recently wrote and presented a new landmark BBC series on Socrates, the Buddha and Confucius, and followed that up with a new series on the classical influences on Freud, Nietzsche and Marx. For the last decade she has been researching a new history of Istanbul, which was published last year.