Feb 12


What it takes to make a city

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

If you haven’t been yet, you will want to go after hearing Bettany’s passionate and contagious account of ‘The City’, or actually three cities. Istanbul, Constantinople, Byzantium. With the charm of a true relic hunter, she reveals what it takes to make a city, by wonderfully merging meticulous research and surprising new archaeological evidence. From the Qu’ran to Shakespeare, Istanbul resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries – real and imagined.

Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian and broadcaster, has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past and you will not want to miss her!

5:00 – 6:30 PM   FULL CIRCLE TeenTalk

Listen, chat and debate with classicist Bettany Hughes and other teens at this Full Circle TeenTalk.

Language: Talk & discussion in English
Location: Full Circle House – Chaussée de Vleurgat 89, Ixelles 1050
Registration is compulsory

Tickets: €5   BOOK HERE


Professor 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 speciality is ancient and mediaeval history and culture. She 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 reached millions worldwide. Bettany has long drawn attention to women’s position in society both past and present. Over the last years, she was named as one of the BBC’s 100 Global Woman, was asked to launch the UK’s Inspiring Women mentoring scheme, and has written extensively on the subject for national and international publications. She is also an honorary, founding patron of Classics For All – a national campaign to get the study of classical languages and civilisations back into state schools and a long-standing patron and supporter of the educational and campaigning charity The Iris Project. Relentless in her endeavours, she is currently making a film on the life story of Aphrodite. She won the 2018 Europa Nostra Lifetime Achievement Award for Cultural Heritage.


  • Istanbul, A Tale of Three Cities (2017)
  • The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life (2011)
  • Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore (2005)

Full Circle TeenTalks are an opportunity for young audiences (aged 14-18yrs) to interact – listen and talk – with inspiring and innovative thinkers and do-ers from around the world, on subjects relevant to you, in a relaxed context.