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Ishtar is the first book dedicated to providing an accessible analysis of the mythology and image of this complex goddess. The polarity of her nature is reflected in her role as goddess of sexual love and war, and has made her difficult to characterise in modern scholarship. By exploring this complexity, Ishtar offers insight into Mesopotamian culture and thought, and elucidates a goddess who transcended the limits of gender, divinity and nature. It gives an accessible introduction to the Near Eastern pantheon, while also opening a pathway for comparison with the later Near Eastern and Mediterranean deities who followed more

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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 635.03g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 17 black & white illustrations
  • 1138860735
  • 9781138860735
  • 95,787

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Ishtar is, without doubt, one of the most complex and baffling of the many gods of antiquity. Yet Louise Pryke has achieved something quite remarkable here in synthesising the multivalence of the goddess's deeds and personas into a coherent and manageable whole. Full of good sense, yet written with flair, this study of the goddess of all goddesses is an important and infinitely useful contribution to the study of ancient myth and religion. The many sources in translation bring alive the world of Mesopotamian thought and forefront Ishtar as the most supreme of deities. - Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Cardiff University, UKshow more

About Louise M. Pryke

Louise M. Pryke is a Lecturer for the Languages and Literature of Ancient Israel at Macquarie University, Australia, and holds a PhD in Ancient Near Eastern History from the University of Sydneyshow more

Table of contents

List of figures Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Love and Intimacy Chapter 3: Sexuality and Order Chapter 4: Ishtar and the Pantheon Chapter 5: Kingship and Battle Chapter 6: Ishtar and Gilgamesh Chapter 7: Vengeance and Death Chapter 8: Ishtar Afterwards Bibliography Further readingshow more

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