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    DescriptionLiving in 2300 BCE, Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna became the first author of historical record by signing her name to a collection of hymns written for forty-two temples throughout the southern half of ancient Mesopotamia, the civilization now known as Sumer. Each of her hymns confirmed to the worshipers in each city the patron deity's unique character and significance. The collected hymns became part of the literary canon of the remarkable Sumerian culture and were copied by scribes in the temples for hundreds of years after Enheduanna's death. Betty De Shong Meador offers here the first collection of original translations of all forty-two hymns along with a lengthy examination of the relevant deity and city, as well as an analysis of the verses themselves. She introduces the volume with discussions of Sumerian history and mythology, as well as with what is known about Enheduanna, thought to be the first high priestess to the moon god Nanna, and daughter of Sargon, founder of one of the first empires in human history.


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    Title
    Princess, Priestess, Poet
    Subtitle
    The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Betty De Shong Meador, Foreword by John Maier
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 338
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 703 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292719323
    ISBN 10: 0292719329
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1F
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DC, GTB, HR
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    DC22: 899.951
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    26 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "Meador succeeds in presenting very unusual poetic material (translated beautifully) and in providing historical and cultural material that is still, alas, not well known to modern readers. [This work] is exceptional in succeeding at these difficult purposes." John Maier, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of English, SUNY College at Brockport
    Table of contents
    Foreword by John Maier; Acknowledgments; A Word about the Translation; Abbreviations I. Princess II. Priestess III. Poet IV. Hymn to Enki's Temple at Eridu: 1. The Eridu Temple of Enki V. Hymns to the Nippur Deities: 2. The Nippur Temple of Enlil; 3. The Nippur Temple of Ninlil; 4. The Nippur Temple of Nusku; 5. The Nippur Temple of Ninurta; 6. The Nippur Temple of Shuzianna; 7. The Kesh Temple of Ninhursag VI. Hymns to Temples In and Near Ur: 8. The Ur Temple of Nanna; 9. The Ur Temple of Shulgi; 10. The Kuar Temple of Asarluhi; 11. The Kiabrig Temple of Ningublam; 12. The Gaesh Temple of Nanna VII. Hymns to Temples in the Central Lowlands: 13. The Larsa Temple of Utu; 14. The Enegi Temple of Ninazu; 15. The Gishbanda Temple of Ningishzida; 16. The Uruk Temple of Inanna; 17. The Badtibira Temple of Dumuzi; 18. The Akkil Temple of Ninshubur; 19. The Murum Temple of Ningirin VIII. Hymns to Temples in the Lagash Territory: 20. The Lagash Temple of Ningirsu; 21. The Uruku Temple of Bau; 22. The Sirara Temple of Nanshe; 23. The Guabba Temple of Ninmar; 24. The Kinirsha Temple of Dumuzi-abzu IX. Hymns to Temples in the Umma Region: 25. The Umma Temple of Shara; 26. The Zabalam Temple of Inanna; 27. The Karkara Temple of Ishkur; 28. The Temple at )Ses-Du; 29. The Adab Temple of Ninhursag; 30. The Isin Temple of Ninisina X. Hymns to Temples in Kazallu and Marad: 31. The Kazallu Temple of Numushda; 32. The Marda Temple of Lugalmarda XI. Hymns to Temples in Der and Esnunna: 33. The Der Temple of Ishtaran; 34. The Eshnunna Temple of Ninazu XII. Hymns to Temples in and around Akkad: 35. The Kish Temple of Zababa; 36. The Kutha Temple of Nergal; 37. The Urum Temple of Nanna; 38. The Sippar Temple of Utu; 39. The Hiza Temple of Ninhursag; 40. The Akkad Temple of Inanna; 41. The Agade Temple of Aba XIII. Nisaba's Temple at Eresh: 42. The Eresh Temple of Nisaba XIV. Conclusion: Enheduanna's Gift Notes; Bibliography; Index