Nanaja - eine ikonographische Studie zur Darstellung einer altorientalischen Göttin in hellenistisch-parthischer Zeit

Claus Ambos 1 , 1
  • 1 Heidelberg.


Many depictions and representations of the Mesopotamian goddess Nanaja are attested from about the second Century BC until the second Century AD. During this time the cult of Nanaja, equated by the Greeks with Artemis, reached its climax, being attested from Greece and Egypt to far-away Bactria. Her iconographic characteristica are those of a moon-goddess. In cuneiform texts Nanaja is regarded as daughter of the moon-god Sîn, but there are no indications that she was a moon-goddess herseif; so this trait of Nanaja seems to be the result of a late development.

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The journal publishes papers and reviews from the field of Ancient Eastern Philology, and religious, legal, economic and social history, together with Middle Eastern archaeology and art history. The main geographical areas covered are Mesopotamia, Northern Syria, Anatolia, Ancient Armenia and Elam.