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Inanna: From the Myths of Ancient Sumer

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Long before the Bible and the Koran, before the myths of the Greeks and Romans were set down, the people of Sumer recorded the stories of their gods and kings on cuneiform tablets. The worlds oldest epic poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a hero who was part god, part man. But just in the past century a thrilling discovery was made – the 4,000-year-old stories of his powerful sister, the goddess Inanna.

Inanna is a goddess who embodies the quest for growth. Her stories tell how she develops from childish inexperience and youthful exuberance into maturity and gains the powers to create, to destroy and to name. She is a goddess of spunk and wisdom who outwits and defies the powerful, falls in love with the shepherd Dumuzi and, like Gilgamesh, dares to seek immortality. The people of Sumer associated Inanna with the planet Venus.

With the guidance of Sumerian scholars, Kim Echlin has provided a moving, sensitive and knowledgeable translation of the Inanna myths. They describe a goddess who was a warrior, lover, nurturer, seeker of knowledge and giver of power – a figure worthy of admiration by people of any age.

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Long before the Bible, the Koran, and Greek and Roman mythology, the people of Sumer recorded stories of their gods and kings on cuneiform tablets. The worlds oldest epic poem, the 4,000-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh, tells of a hero who was part god, part man. But a recent discovery uncovered another, equally intriguing hero — Gilgameshs powerful sister, the goddess Inanna. Inanna embodies the quest for growth. Her stories describe her growth from childish inexperience and youthful exuberance into maturity as she gains the power to create, to destroy, and to name. She is a goddess of spirit and wisdom who outwits and defies the powerful, falls in love with the shepherd Dumuzi, and, like Gilgamesh, dares to seek immortality. The people of Sumer associated her with the planet Venus — radiant, strong, mysterious. Using Sumerian scholarship as a guide, Kim Echlin offers a sensitive and knowledgeable translation of the Inanna stories. Accompanied by the exquisite illustrations of Linda Wolfsgruber, these tales will interest both students of history and myth and anyone who appreciates art and poetry.

Synopsis:

Linda Wolfsgruber, presents myths about this ancient goddess.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780888994967
Subtitle:
From the Myths of Ancient Sumer
Author:
Wolfsgruber, Linda
Author:
Echlin, Kim
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Literature - Classics
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Inanna (Sumerian deity)
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Storytelling
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore/Country & Ethnic
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20030819
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.25 in 14.5 oz
Age Level:
from 12

Related Subjects

Children's » Folk Tales » Middle Eastern
Children's » Nonfiction » World Cultures
Children's » People and Cultures
Children's » Poetry » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

Inanna: From the Myths of Ancient Sumer
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Long before the Bible, the Koran, and Greek and Roman mythology, the people of Sumer recorded stories of their gods and kings on cuneiform tablets. The worlds oldest epic poem, the 4,000-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh, tells of a hero who was part god, part man. But a recent discovery uncovered another, equally intriguing hero — Gilgameshs powerful sister, the goddess Inanna. Inanna embodies the quest for growth. Her stories describe her growth from childish inexperience and youthful exuberance into maturity as she gains the power to create, to destroy, and to name. She is a goddess of spirit and wisdom who outwits and defies the powerful, falls in love with the shepherd Dumuzi, and, like Gilgamesh, dares to seek immortality. The people of Sumer associated her with the planet Venus — radiant, strong, mysterious. Using Sumerian scholarship as a guide, Kim Echlin offers a sensitive and knowledgeable translation of the Inanna stories. Accompanied by the exquisite illustrations of Linda Wolfsgruber, these tales will interest both students of history and myth and anyone who appreciates art and poetry.
"Synopsis" by , Linda Wolfsgruber, presents myths about this ancient goddess.
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