Louise discusses Ishtar, one of the most enigmatic and fascinating deities of the ancient Middle East. What characteristics were assigned to her, and what stories were told about her? What happened when Ishtar met Gilgamesh? Louise also discusses the reception of Ishtar and Gilgamesh. What do people find interesting about them now? She explains how being based in Australia influences her research.
1:56 how many Ishtars are there?
3:20 male or female?
5:11 Ishtar in myths
7:38 Ishtar as the archetypal or impossible woman
10:52 Ishtar and the king
12:34 popular reactions to Ishtar
14:03 hot take on Gilgamesh
17:00 Australian context for research
19:08 sharing research widely
20:12 what’s popular about assyriology?
23:42 sources for the popular Ishtar
26:13 what’s new for you?
Music by Ruba Hillawi