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Department
Classical Studies
Course
CLAA05H3
Professor
P Ferguson
Semester
Fall

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Themes Incest – Theogony of Dunnu, Epic of Creation Patricide / Matricide – Theogony of Dunnu, Epic of Creation Succession – Theogony of Dunnu, Epic of Creation Importance of being on the “good side” of Gods, e.g. through sacrifice – all Supporting kingship – Atrahasis, Gilgamesh Sex and its “impairing” effects – Nergal and Ereshkigal, Gilgamesh Ea always solves problems Aetiologies explained Old age and death, infertility, child mortality – Atrahasis Celibate priestesses Seasonal fertility – Descent of Ishtar Lebanon mountain range – Gilgamesh Shedding of skin snake – Gilgamesh Geography – epic of creation Rituals to Gods BABYLON – Apsu and Esagila Common motifs Repeating numbers: “600 years, less than 600 had passed” (Atrahasis); “Seven and seven” (Gilgamesh) Sex for six days and seven nights – Ereskigal and Nergal; Shahmash and Enkidu Six days and seven nights – days of the flood Women sapping away a man’s strength – Ereskigal and Nergal; Shahmash and Enkidu Hero has a m
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