Award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes tells the story of Istanbul – of the three great cities of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul. She argues that Istanbul is not just a city, it is a story. She looks at the many incarnations of Istanbul – a city of three names and one in which archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human inhabitation over the last 6,000 years. Istanbul has long been the gateway between East and West. It has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires and, for many years, was known simply as The City.
Bettany Hughes talks to Claire Armitstead, associate editor, culture, of The Guardian.
This event is part of St Hilda’s Day at the Oxford Literary Festival.