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- n. Mythology The chief Babylonian and Assyrian goddess, associated with love, fertility, and war, being the counterpart to the Phoenician Astarte.
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- proper n. A goddess of fertility, love, sex and war. In the Babylonian pantheon, she was the divine personification of the planet Venus. Assyrian and Babylonian counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna and to the cognate northwest Semitic goddess Astarte.
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- n. Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility and war; counterpart to the Phoenician Astarte
Ea tries to rescue Ishtar from the underworld by sending a servant and is partially successful (Dalley 1989: 158).
Ishtar is a great movie, a real gem, and more and more people are coming to realize this.
Sometimes she was called Ishtar, a goddess of love and fertility and identified in mythology with Venus, the brightest light in the heavens.
Her name Ishtar is that by which she was known in Assyria; and the same term prevailed with slight modifications among the Semitic races generally.
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Every year, the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox became known as Ishtar's Sunday, and was celebrated by rabbits and eggs, and a pig must be eaten that day.
While he's "particularly drawn to the films he made in the late 60s and 70s," and you'll see that in his Warren Beatty top 5, you'll find plenty leaving comments arguing that Ishtar is a "great movie," even "the most misjudged movie of all time.
It has been suggested that the name Ishtar has been derived from Semitic roots implying "she who waters," "she who makes fruitful". [
There were four of them, two shaven priests of Seueth in their black robes, a Nubian shaman hung with necklaces and bracelets of charms and bones, and a sorcerer from the east known as Ishtar the Mede.
The old king, who had called Ishtar of Nineveh to his help, may have been brought by the approach of death into a generous state of mind not uncommon in such cases.
 Constituting the host of Ishtar, which is elsewhere referred to,