Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 320 pages
A fascinating book shedding light on the sexual culture of one of the earliest literate civilisations and provides a new contribution to current debates about sex, eroticism and gender.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

The SumeroAkkadian tradition of the third
9
A MYTH OF MALE
30
PHALLICISM IN SUMERIAN LITERATURE
48
THE BRIDAL SONGS
64
INANNA AND HER BROTHER
80
MY CONSORT MAID INANNA LADY
97
COURTLY LOVE
111
THE RITES OF DIVINE LOVE
130
LOVE MAGIC AND POTENCY INCANTATIONS
193
SIN
211
WITCHES DEMONS AND THE AMBIVALENCE
220
THE ARTICULATION OF SEXUAL JEALOUSY
232
LOVE AND EROS IN AKKADIAN NARRATIVE
247
Glossary
270
Notes
276
Bibliography
298

EUNUCHS
157
Sources from the later second and first millennia
171

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