Ishtar: gods and heroes of the ancient world

Louise M. Pryke

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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 her.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages239
ISBN (Electronic)9781315716329, 9781317506652
ISBN (Print)9781138860735
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameGods and heroes of the ancient world


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