Episode 8 – Anunnaki 1 Ishtar Gains Power

In today’s episodewe are going to weave a few separate tales of Ishtar together to get a picture of her character and power as  the Goddess of Love and War. Apologies for the poor audio quality, my set up was flawed today, but the story is still audible.

We have two pictures of Lady Ishtar from wikipedia, which capture a range of artistic talent.

I don’t really know what I should be posting here, I said a lot about Ishtar in the show today, but is anybody reading this far into the blog posts? Are the notes I usually post here helpful for anyone? Leave a note in the comments if you read the notes, want more notes, or would like elaborations on the different aspects of the story, the archeology surrounding it, or about ancient life in general.

2 thoughts on “Episode 8 – Anunnaki 1 Ishtar Gains Power”

  1. I’d love to learn more about the third myth you told in this episode, the one where she creates the date palm and goes on the tree planting spree (if I knew how to spell the name of the man she hunts down, I would haha). Or even, just some sources to do a bit more digging myself!

    I just started listening to your podcast the other day and I’m really enjoying it!


    1. This myth, like most of the other Sumerian myths, is translated by an excellent online project from Oxford University, the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature. The tale of Ishtar and Šu-kale-tuda is at this link: https://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.1.3.3#, but you can also find many other tales by browsing the categories on the main page here: https://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk

      Additionally, I have a new page on this website for additional readings, which I am still expanding, but has some more resources for you to check out. I hope this helps, and I am glad you are enjoying the show.

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