Desire, Discord and Death: Approaches to Near Eastern Myth

Desire, Discord and Death: Approaches to Near Eastern Myth

by Neal Walls
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897570561

ISBN-13: 9780897570565

Pub. Date: 11/15/2001

Publisher: American Schools of Oriental Research

The three essays presented in this volume reveal the symbolic complexity and poetic visions of ancient Near Eastern mythology. The author explores the interrelated themes of erotic desire, divine conflict, and death's realm in selected ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian mythological narratives using contemporary methods of literary analysis. Topics include the…  See more details below

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The three essays presented in this volume reveal the symbolic complexity and poetic visions of ancient Near Eastern mythology. The author explores the interrelated themes of erotic desire, divine conflict, and death's realm in selected ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian mythological narratives using contemporary methods of literary analysis. Topics include the construction of desire in the Gilgamesh epic, a psychoanalytic approach to 'The Contendings of Horus and Seth', and gender and the exercise of power in the stormy romance of Nergal and Ereshkigal. Walls' fresh treatment of these three important myths brings them to life for the specialist and mythology buff alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897570565
Publisher:
American Schools of Oriental Research
Publication date:
11/15/2001
Series:
ASOR Books Series, #8
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Hidden Riches in Secret Places1
Methods and Approaches3
Ch. 1The Allure of Gilgamesh: The Construction of Desire in the Gilgamesh Epic9
The Erotic Gilgamesh17
Ch. 2On the Couch with Horus and Seth: A Freudian Analysis (Or, The Case of Pharaoh's Mommy)93
A Contentious Court: Two Episodes98
The Three Contests108
Ch. 3Desire in Death's Realm: Sex, Power, and Violence in "Nergal and Ereshkigal"127
Crucible of Desire137
A Goddess Scorned147
To Reign in Hell161
References183
Subject Index205
Text Index207

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