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

Pirjo Lapinkivi

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ISBN: 978-952-10-1333-1

168 pages
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2010
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State Archives of Assyria Cuneiform Texts

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

Pirjo Lapinkivi

An edition of the myth commonly known as Ištar’s 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, Ištar’s Descent and Resurrection, is a reminder that Ištar’s 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, Inanna’s 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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An edition of the myth commonly known as Ištar’s 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, Ištar’s Descent and Resurrection, is a reminder that Ištar’s 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, Inanna’s 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.

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Manuscripts

Previous Work on Ištar’s Descent

Abbreviations and Symbols

Bibliography

Cuneiform Text

Transliteration

Text Score

Middle Assyrian Version

Transcription

Translation

Contextual Commentary and Analysis

Grammatical Commentary

Glossary and Indices

Logograms and Their Readings

Glossary

Index of Names

Sign List

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