Article: The Temple Hymns of Enheduanna

It always gives me great pleasure to remind people that the first author (whose name we know) was a woman. While her poetry is not quite as old as The Epic of Gilgamesh, Enheduanna’s work is special because we know who wrote it (the author of The Epic of Gilgamesh remains anonymous). Even better, we have a relief of her, and we know a bit about her. This article presents a modern English translation of the work of this Akkadian woman who was the high priestess of the city of Ur. Her father was Sargon the Great, the king of Akkad, and considering how far back these people lived, it’s amazing that we know so much about them. In addition to the translation, this article also looks at a couple of theories about what Enheduanna might have believed.

link to The Temple Hymns of Enheduanna Modern English Translations

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