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Wed, 20 Sept



Ancient Goddesses of Sex and War

Some female figures in Middle East to Western Europe have to varying degrees combined the personae of deities of sexual love and of war. What is it that links them together?

Ancient Goddesses of Sex and War
Ancient Goddesses of Sex and War

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20 Sept 2023, 18:00


About the event

Part of: Magic, the Supernatural, and the Lost Gods of Europe

This lecture looks at a series of divine female figures in the ancient world from the Middle East to Western Europe: Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite and Venus. What they have in common, is that to varying degrees they all combined the personae of deities of sexual love and of war. It brings out the special characteristics of each, traces the relationships between them, and shows how each in the sequence, influenced the development of the next.

Professor Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. He took degrees at Cambridge and then Oxford Universities, and was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He is now a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Learned Society of Wales, and has won awards for teaching and research.  He has lectured all over the world, authored 18 books and 83 essays, appeared in or presented scores of television and radio programmes, and sits on the editorial boards of six journals concerned with the history of religion and magic.

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