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Princess, Poetess, Priestess, Ornament of Heaven: Enheduanna, the Women of Mesopotamia & Our Biblical Narrative with Sharon Keller

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

Most ancient texts come to us without authorship or attribution, yet the first named author in history was a woman: Enheduanna (ca. 2285-2250 BCE). She was a Princess and a High Priestess in Sumer who told us the grandeur and sorrows of her life in the hymns and petitionary prayers that she wrote. Her compositions were highly valued, and therefore they were copied and re-copied in antiquity; many are thought to be early foundations of some of our own biblical psalms and hymns. Explore the groundbreaking “She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia” currently on view (through Feb. 2023) at the Morgan Library (NYC) and not only see the woman and her work, but we will tease out many connections to our biblical narrative that can be seen in the exhibition.

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