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West, J.J. (2011). Meador, Betty De Shong. Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2009. Pp. xxvi + 308. Hbk. $60.00; Pbk. $30.00. J. Anal. Psychol., 56(5):720-722.

(2011). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 56(5):720-722

Meador, Betty De Shong. Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2009. Pp. xxvi + 308. Hbk. $60.00; Pbk. $30.00

Review by:
Jacqueline J. West

In this sophisticated book, Betty Meador offers an expertly guided and intellectually stimulating journey into the ancient Sumerian world. In the 1970s Meador brought forth tales of the Sumerian goddess Inanna, enticing us into the ancient landscape of Sumeria to listen to the proud and powerful voice of our history's very earliest, individually identified writer, Enheduanna.

In this current book, Meador presents Enheduanna's Temple Hymns. These hymns were originally written in 2,300 BCE, in cuneiform script upon clay tablets that were excavated in 1888 and first translated into English in 1969. The versions here are Meador's painstaking, word-by-word ‘literary translations’ of these earlier translations.

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