The Neo-Assyrian Myth of Ishtar's Descent and Resurrection

 
9789521013331: The Neo-Assyrian Myth of Ishtar's Descent and Resurrection

An edition of the myth commonly known as IÅ¡tarâ€TMs Descent was first published in 1901. Since then, no complete critical edition of the text has been published. Unlike other SAACT volumes, SAACT 6 amounts to a full critical edition of the myth. In addition to the cuneiform text with transliteration and translation, there is a full critical apparatus and a scored transliteration of all known sources, and all textual variants from the known sources are included in the glossary. The title, IÅ¡tarâ€TMs Descent and Resurrection, is a reminder that IÅ¡tarâ€TMs descent to the netherworld was not a one-way trip, but that she also re-ascended to heaven. Beyond the critical edition, there is also extensive commentary that ties in the Sumerian version of the myth, Inannaâ€TMs Descent, as well as later parallels from Gnostic texts such as The Exegesis of the Soul and The Hymn of the Pearl. There are also grammatical notes for students, and the publication is rounded off with the usual sign list that accompanies SAACT volumes.

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