Gender and Aging in Mesopotamia: The Gilgamesh Epic and Other Ancient Literature

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2003 - History - 288 pages

Rivkah Harris’s cross-cultural and multidisciplinary approach breaks new ground in assessing Mesopotamian attitudes toward youth and mature adulthood, aging and the elderly, generational conflict, gender differences in aging, relationships between men and women, women’s contributions to cultural activities, and the "ideal woman."

To uncover Mesopotamian perspectives, Harris combed through primary sources - including literature and myth, letters, economic and legal texts, and visual materials. Even such pivotal cultural influences as the Gilgamesh Epic and Enuma Elish are reinterpreted in an original manner.

 

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Contents

The Life Course
3
Gilgameshs Coming of Age
32
On Aging and the Elderly
50
The Conflict of Generations in Ancient
67
Gendered Old Age in Enuma Elish
80
Older Women
88
Images of Women in the Gilgamesh Epic
119
Gender and Sexuality in the Myth of Nergal
129
The Female Sage in Mesopotamian Literature
147
InannaIshtar as Paradox and a Coincidence
158
Glossary
173
Notes
179
Bibliography
249
Index
281
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About the author (2003)

Rivkah Harris was Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Ancient Sipper: A Demographic Study of an Old Babylonian City and a contributor to the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Project. She currently resides in Houston, Texas.

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