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Bibil Identifier bibil:221584
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Sons of the Sun: The Mythological Foundations of the First Dynasty of Uruk
Author Woods, Christopher
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 12, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 78-96 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Sun-god’s particular patronage of the legendary first dynasty of Uruk is well documented in the Sumerian epic tradition, even as evidence for the veneration of the god in this city is minimal. It is argued here that the Sun-god’s special status is part of a broader network of relationships centering upon the goddess Inana, which sought to identify the kings—of Uruk and later of Ur—not only with her lover, Dumuzi, but also with her twin brother, Utu, thereby doubly affirming their bond with the patroness of Uruk. The equation of the ostensibly contradictory roles of lover and brother, a unity of opposites, motivates aspects of the imagery and metaphorical language of the Uruk I epic cycle.
DOI 10.1163/156921212X629473
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Religion : Shamash
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Archaeology : Sites : Uruk
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Sumer : Literature : Wisdom Texts : Lists
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