Women in the Ancient Near East
Edited by Mark Chavalas
Routledge – 2010 – 336 pages
Women in the Ancient Near East provides a collection of primary sources that further our understanding of women from Mesopotamian and Near Eastern civilizations, from the earliest historical and literary texts in the third millennium BC to the end of Mesopotamian political autonomy in the sixth century BC. This book is a valuable resource for historians of the Near East and for those studying women in the ancient world. It moves beyond simply identifying women in the Near East to attempting to place them in historical and literary context, following the latest research. A number of literary genres are represented, including myths and epics, proverbs, medical texts, law collections, letters, treaties, as well as building, dedicatory, and funerary inscriptions.
Preface Introduction: The Ancient Near East and the Study of Women Part I: Sumerian texts 1. Women in myths, epics, poetry and proverbs 2. Women in law Part II: Akkadian texts 3. The feminine in myths and epics 4. Women in medicine and healing magic 5. Women in the legal realm 6. Women in letters 7. Women in administrative and other contexts Part III: Hittite texts 8. Women in Hittite ritual 9. Hurro-Hittite Stories
Mark Chavalas is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he has taught since 1989. Among his publications are the edited, Emar: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age (1996), Mesopotamia and the Bible (2002), and The Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation (2006), and he has had research fellowships at Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Cal-Berkeley, and a number of other universities. He has nine seasons of excavation at various Bronze Age sites in Syria, including Tell Ashara/Terqa and Tell Mozan/Urkesh.