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Descent of the Goddess Ishtar to the Netherworld and Nahum II 8

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Nahum depicts in ii 8 Nineveh's desperate appeal to Ishtar to ward off its attackers by enacting her descent to the Netherworld to save her beloved Tammuz. In this context, the problematic words refer to the erection of Ishtar's statue in some public place and its denuding by Allatu (the Sumero-Babylonian goddess Ereŝki-gal), assuming that = "the Allatu."


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