Thursday 1 July 2021

Erotic, or Pornographic Cunies?

In that liminal space where tweets meet obscure academia Dr Gina Konstantopoulos announced that she was doing some final final edits to an article on (mostly) Akkadian love incantations and remarked "I'm reminded once again that they are objectively horrifying texts". I flippantly remarked that as a non-specialist, I was a bit miffed she'd not given some examples... Perhaps we had to wait for the article, but Dr Konstantopoulos replied:
In this instance, thanks to the might of @opencuneiform I can send you a link: with includes all the texts - including the incantations - as an online corpus
and yes, some of the ones I looked through verge on the nasty. I guess that's what happens when you don't train woman scribes (I presume) to give their own less male-macho-dominated view. I must admit that it had never occurred to me that there could be pornographic cuneiform tablets. Does Hobby Lobby know?

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