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Bettany Hughes on Helen of Troy

Historian Bettany Hughes chooses Helen of Tory as her favourite female literary character - extracting the lessons we all could learn from her. Recorded at the Hay Festival 2018.

Recorded at this week's Hay Festival 2018, Bettany Hughes introduces us to her favourite female character in literature - Helen of Troy; a character written about in fiction for millennia - and extracts the lessons we could all learn from her.

Bettany is an historian, author and broadcaster, with her speciality in classical history. She has written a number of books including, most recently, 'Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities' and has presented for BBC Radio 3 for the Sunday Feature strand - 'Tracking the Aryans' and 'Caucasian Roots', and for BBC Radio 4 in for a 3-part series 'Amongst the Medici' in 2006.

In this series of The Essay, five female writers offer a personal guide to favourite and well-known female fictional characters - extracting the lessons we could all learn from them.

The writers in this series include broadcaster Afua Hirsch, poets Fiona Sampson and Mab Jones and award-winning novelist Francesca Rhydderch.

With Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Verb and The Listening Service all broadcasting from the festival, The Essay is part of Hay Week at BBC Radio 3.

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