was a priestess and poet in the city of Ur in the 23rd century BC and supposedly the daughter of Sargon the Great of Akkad. She is the first author known by name. Here are a number of her poems in English translation, The Exaltation of Inana
, Inana and Ebih
, A Hymn to Inana
, The Temple Hymns
and A Balbale to Nanna
. Here are two alternate translations of The Exaltation of Inana, one by James D. Pritchard
and an English rendering of Dr. Annette Zgoll's German translation
. If you want to learn more, go to The En-hedu-Ana Research Pages
The stuff from which Myth is made.
A recent discovery of a meteor impact crater in the middle-east, dating around 2300BC, is shedding new light on the decline of many cultures and the rise of many legends.