Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - History - 336 pages
Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature is a new contribution to current debates about sex and eroticism. It gives an insight into Mesopotamian attitudes to sexuality by examining the oldest preserved written evidence on the subject - the Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform sources - which were written between the 21st and the 5th centuries B.C. Using these long-neglected and often astonishing data, Gwendolyn Leick is able to anlayse Mesopotamian views of prostitution, love magic and deviant sexual behaviour as well as more general issues of sexuality and gender.
This fascinating book sheds light on the sexual culture of one of the earliest literate civilisations.
 

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Let me begin by pointing out that I'm not an expert on anything Mesopotamian, and except for a few excerpts in mythology books, I haven't really read any Mesopotamian literature. In fact, that's why I ... Read full review

Contents

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Abbreviations
THE COSMOLOGICAL ARTICULATION OF SEXUALITY
HEAVEN AND EARTH
MASCULINE SEXUALITY IN SUMERIAN LITERATURE
A MYTH OF MALE LUST?
THE MYTH OF ENLIL
PHALLICISM IN SUMERIAN LITERATURE
EROTICISM IN AKKADIAN LITERATURE
AKKADIAN LOVE POETRY
LOVE MAGIC AND POTENCY INCANTATIONS
SIN AND POLLUTION
WITCHES DEMONS AND THE AMBIVALENCE OF LOVE
THE ARTICULATION OF SEXUALJEALOUSY
THE BRIDAL SONGS
LOVE AND EROS IN AKKADIAN NARRATIVE LITERATURE

FEMININITY AND EROTICISM IN SUMERIAN LITERATURE
COURTLY LOVE POETRY
THE RITES OF DIVINE LOVE
LAMOUR LIBRE OR SACRED PROSTITUTION?
EUNUCHS HOMOSEXUALS AND THE COMMON PROSTITUTE
Sources from the later second and first millennia
Glossary
Notes
INANNA AND HER BROTHER
Bibliography
Index
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