Bettany Hughes’ latest five-part Channel 4 series Bettany Hughes’ Treasures of the World features more historical escapism from the popular TV history lecturer. It will take us on a European journey, stopping in destinations like Greece, Turkey, Gibraltar, Malta, and Italy to see ancient riches and contemporary historical findings.
Bettany Hughes’ earlier presentations, such as The Nile: Egypt’s Great River with Bettany Hughes, A Greek Odyssey With Bettany Hughes, Eight Days That Made Rome, and Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence, all made ancient history accessible to the general public.
Bettany’s new series promises to do the same, with interesting insights into how people lived thousands of years ago, as well as some very cool historical facts and places.
The six-part series Treasures of the World, hosted by Bettany Hughes, premieres on Channel 4 on Saturday, August 28 at 8 p.m. After their weekly Channel 4 broadcasts, episodes will be available on the streaming service All4. We’ll let you know as soon as we learn of a worldwide release date, so keep checking back. The series has yet to receive a trailer from Channel 4. On Saturday, August 28, 5Select will air the first episode of the historian’s series A Greek Odyssey, followed by Bettany’s previous series The Nile with Bettany Hughes (9 pm) (11 pm). The Nile: Egypt’s Great River is also available on the streaming site My5.
Secrets revealed in Treasures Bettany Hughes’ of the World.
Bettany Hughes spends the first episode in Greece, exploring the legends of Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, and Aegae, Alexander the Great’s birthplace and the largest palace in all of classical Greece. A visit to the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, the world’s first health spa, is also included.
Bettany explains how the ancient Greeks were the experts of mental health and wellness more than 2,500 years ago, although a holistic approach to health and happiness may appear to be a fairly contemporary concept. She visits the Asklepios Sanctuary in Epidaurus, the earliest healing spa in Western civilization.
It was the birthplace of medicine, renowned across the Greek and Roman worlds, according to Bettany. “People came here as patients, desperate to be healed, and the sanatorium used a variety of physical and psychological treatments that we’re reintroducing now.” Although the concept of treating a person as a whole and utilizing art to cure may appear to be cutting-edge, the Greeks were the first to do so 2,500 years ago.
A vast amphitheater was used for mental health rehabilitation in the area, as well as antique medical instruments like tweezers and spatulas. Hughes continues, “The ancient Greeks believed that a healthy body could not exist without a healthy mind.” It was catharsis, a cleansing, and a balm for society’s soul, according to philosopher Aristotle, when people gathered at a theatre to witness a play.
Who is Bettany Hughes?
Bettany Mary Hughes is an ancient history scholar, author, and broadcaster from England. She was born on May 27, 1967. Her writings on ancient antiquity, mythology, and Istanbul history have all been published. She is active in efforts to improve classics education in public schools in the United Kingdom. Hughes was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2019.
Hughes is the author of two acclaimed books about Ancient Greece: Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore (2005) and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life (2009). The latter was a New York Times best-seller, the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and a Writers Guild Award contender.
Hughes has produced and presented films on both ancient and contemporary themes for National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, PBS, The History Channel, and Channel 4. She and Michael Buerk began co-presenting Britain’s Secret Treasures on ITV in July 2012.
She was named Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association and Cardiff University in 2011 and served as Chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction. In 2012, she received the Norton Medlicott Award for contributions to history. York University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2013 for her “exceptional” contribution to history and its international promotion.
She co-produced a seven-part worldwide documentary series exploring Eastern and Western culture’s linked roots, which aired at UNESCO in 2013. She also produced a ten-part series for the BBC about the history of ideas.