- Publisher: Brill
- Format: Hardback | 424 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 241mm x 36mm | 953g
- Publication date: 1 August 2003
- Publication City/Country: Leiden
- ISBN 10: 9004130241
- ISBN 13: 9789004130241
This book is about the pantheon of the Babylonian city of Uruk, between the 9th and 5th centuries BC. It is a careful analysis of the archive of the Eanna temple in Uruk, the sanctuary of the goddess Ishtar, containing well over 8,000 cuneiform tablets in the Akkadian language. The tablets date in their majority to the Neo-Babylonian and early Achaemenid period. Paul-Alain Beaulieu sheds light on the hierarchy of the local pantheon, providing a wealth of data concerning the cult of each deity, such as identity and theology, ornaments and clothing of the divine image, offerings ceremonies, temples, and cultic personnel. An important contribution to our knowledge of the functioning of religion in Neo-Babylonian society.
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Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Ph.D. (1985) in Assyriology, Yale University, is Associate Professor of Assyriology at Harvard University. He has published extensively on late Babylonian history and culture, including Legal and Administrative Texts from the Reign of Nabonidus (Yale Univ. Press, 2000).