Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity

1st Edition

Ilona Zsolnay

Routledge
Published August 15, 2016
Reference - 290 Pages
ISBN 9781138189362 - CAT# Y226470
Series: Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East

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Summary

Being a Man is a formative work which reveals the myriad and complex negotiations for constructions of masculine identities in the greater ancient Near East and beyond. Through a juxtaposition of studies into Neo-Assyrian artistic representations and omens, biblical hymns and narrative, Hittite, Akkadian, and Indian epic, as well as detailed linguistic studies on gender and sex in the Sumerian and Hebrew languages, the book challenges traditional understandings and assumed homogeneity for what it meant "to be a man" in antiquity. Being a Man is an indispensable resource for students of the ancient Near East, and a fascinating study for anyone with an interest in gender and sexuality throughout history.

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