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Thu, 27 Jun


Hewson Books Brentford

In Conversation: Now 5th September

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In Conversation:   Now 5th September
In Conversation:   Now 5th September

Time & Location

27 Jun 2024, 17:00 – 19:00

Hewson Books Brentford, 6 Bradshaw Yard, Brentford TW8 8BD, UK

About the Event

For centuries, men have been writing histories of antiquity filled with warlords, emperors and kings. But when it comes to incorporating women aside from Cleopatra and Boudica, writers have been more comfortable describing mythical heroines than real ones.

While Penelope and Helen of Troy live on in the imagination, their real-life counterparts have been relegated to the margins. In The Missing Thread, Daisy Dunn inverts this tradition and puts the women of history at the centre of the narrative.

These pages present Enheduanna, the earliest named author, Telesilla, who defended her city from attack, and the poet Sappho. Here is Artemisia, sole female commander in the Graeco-Persian Wars, and Locusta, Rome’s premier toxicologist. Cleopatra may be the more famous, but Fulvia, Mark Antony’s wife in Rome, fought a war on his behalf. Many other women remain nameless but integral.

Through new examination of the sources combined with vivid storytelling, Daisy Dunn shows us the ancient world through fresh eyes and introduces us to an incredible cast of ancient women, weavers of an entire world.  ***The ticket price is redeemable against the purchase of the book. (one ticket per book)***

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