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Akkadian love literature of the third and second millennium BCE / Nathan Wasserman.

Wasserman, Nathan [Browse]
Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016.
289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Leipziger altorientalistische Studien ; Bd. 4. [More in this series]
  • Leipziger altorientalistische Studien ; Band 4
Summary note:
"Akkadian Love Literature of the Third and Second Millennium BCE is the first systematic treatment of the corpus of Akkadian compositions related to love and sex in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. More than 30 cuneiform texts (including two hitherto unpublished compositions) are carefully edited and translated, accompanied by a thorough philological commentary: monologues and dialogues of hymnal character, incantations to overcome a refusing lover or gaining sexual power, and ancient catalogues counting the names of (mostly lost) love-related hymns. The style of the Akkadian amatory corpus and its key-metaphors and images are discussed, the way Akkadian describes lovemaking, copulation and sexual climax is presented, and the terms used in Akkadian literature for sexual organs are outlined. Parallels to other literary bodies of ancient love lyrics can also be found."--Page [4] of cover.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-283) and indexes.
Akkadian love literature : an overview. The scope of this study -- Thematic and temporal classification of the corpus -- Characterization of the corpus -- Love and attraction in the corpus -- Semantic fields (other than love) typical of the corpus -- Key metaphors and motifs -- The corpus. The core group of Akkadian love literature : dialogues, monologues, descriptive compositions -- Incipits of Akkadian love literature : catalogues -- Manipulative compositions concerning love and sex : incantations.
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  • 344710726X
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