"Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature" is a substantial contribution to current debates about sex and eroticism. It gives an insight into Mesopotamian attitudes to sexuality by examining the oldest preserved written evidence on the subject--the Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform sources--which were written between the 21st and the 5th centuries BC. Using this long-neglected and often astonishing data, Gwendolyn Leick is able to analyze Mesopotamian views of prostitution, love, magic and deviant sexual behavior, as well as the more general issues of sexuality and gender. This fascinating book explores the sexual culture of one of the earliest literate civilizations.

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