Sailing to Byzantium

Bettany Hughes, Peter Frankopan

02/03/2017 7:00 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle. In her epic new biography, Istanbul, Bettany Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through one of the world’s greatest cities as it transmogrified from Byzantium to Constantinople to Istanbul. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this is narrative history at its finest.At the heart of the Byzantine Empire – as retold in Peter Frankopan’s engaging and highly original history of the world The Silk Roads – was the city that straddles the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Along these networks flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won and lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange mirror those that have crisscrossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again.

Bettany Hughes

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her specialty is ancient and medieval history and culture.

Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow in History at Worcester College and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He is author of the international bestseller: The Silk Roads.