Enheduanna_Assignments - ASSIGNMENTS 1. See Day of the...

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ASSIGNMENTS 1. See “Day of the False King” (Moodle Post): Compare the Lamentations of Enheduanna [A, below] and the Songs of Lamentation {B, below] with those in the novel. In each case, say what has been lost, and why the singer considers this to be a disaster. A. THE POET-PRIESTESS ENHEDUANNA Sargon united Akkad and Sumer, but the Sumerians never really accepted him and his heirs. One way of bringing the different peoples together would be through the gods they all worshipped, so Sargon named his daughter, ENHEDUANNA, high priestess of the important cult of the moon god Nanna (or Sin) and his consort, Inanna, goddess of sexuality and war. In the course of her rule, either Enheduanna, or the imperial government, made a move to raise Inanna above Nanna, an attempt that seems to have inspired a revolt in some of the worshippers. Enheduanna is one of the first writers whose name we know. She included her own name in her “Hymn to Inanna” – a song/poem that not only sings the praises of the powerful goddess, it also tells us perhaps more than it is supposed to about the political and religious power struggles inside the Akkadian Empire. In pushing the moon god aside, she (and through her, the imperial government) was claiming the support of a newly defined goddess. Lady of all powers
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