Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature #2020

Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature By Gwendolyn Leick Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature A glimpse of a world with a sexual culture and erotic values very different from our own through exploration of the earliest preserved written evidence on the subject the Sumero Akkadian cuneiform so
  • Title: Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature
  • Author: Gwendolyn Leick
  • ISBN: 9780415311618
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature By Gwendolyn Leick A glimpse of a world with a sexual culture and erotic values very different from our own, through exploration of the earliest preserved written evidence on the subject the Sumero Akkadian cuneiform sources of the 21st to 5th centuries BC Drawing on sophisticated literary texts courtly love poems and bridal songs, myths, narratives and incantations this book uncoversA glimpse of a world with a sexual culture and erotic values very different from our own, through exploration of the earliest preserved written evidence on the subject the Sumero Akkadian cuneiform sources of the 21st to 5th centuries BC Drawing on sophisticated literary texts courtly love poems and bridal songs, myths, narratives and incantations this book uncovers a range of perspectives on the subject of passion and pleasure The reader is treated to eloquent and freely expressed views on topics from prostitution, love magic and deviant sexual practice to gender, fertility and potency This revealing volume celebrates a wealth of erotic material from one of the world s earliest literate civilizations, and encompasses archaeological, religious, historical, anthropological and gender based themes and approaches.
    Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature By Gwendolyn Leick
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    About "Gwendolyn Leick"

    1. Gwendolyn Leick

      Gwendolyn Leick is an anthropologist and Assyriologist She is the author of various publications on the Ancient Near East, including A Dictionary of Near Eastern Mythology and Sex Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature She also acts as a cultural tour guide in the Middle East, lecturing on history, archaeology and anthropology.

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    1. This book was nowhere near as dry as I expected it to be Usually, texts discussing ancient Near Eastern texts read like the nutritional information on the back of a cereal box This one was different, with a bit of tongue in cheek humour thrown in for good measure The image of Enkidu sticking out of the rushes made me giggle, perhaps I am weird The main thing I enjoyed about this book was the author was quick to point out when she thought that previous scholars had imposed their own personal beli [...]


    2. This book is composed of short chapters, each with a distinct focus Leick writes clearly, and as others have noted, helpfully shares her own interpretations where she reads the source texts differently from other experts That said, I found myself struggling to believe many of the interpretations, because so many of the ancient texts are riddled with lacunae If I read a number of the quoted passages dropping everything that is a reconstruction of what might have filled the holes, it becomes very [...]




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