Princess, Priestess, Poet

Princess, Priestess, Poet : The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna

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Living 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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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 708g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 10 b&w photos, 22 line drawings, 11 maps
  • 0292723539
  • 9780292723535
  • 608,479

Table of contents

Foreword by John Maier
A Word about the Translation
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
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"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.";oJohn Maier, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of English, SUNY College at Brockport
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About Betty De Shong Meador

Betty De Shong Meador is a Jungian analyst in private practice, who also teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and at New College, both in San Francisco, and at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.
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