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Ishtar

By Louise M. Pryke

© 2017 – Routledge

240 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Description

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 her.

Reviews

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, UK

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 reading

About the Author

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 Sydney

About the Series

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Routledge is pleased to present an exciting series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures from antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the source of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.

These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.

Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General