Study Guide

Antum in The Epic of Gilgamesh

By Sinleqqiunninni


The goddess Antum is the wife of Anu, the sky-god. We see her briefly in Tablet 6, when Ishtar goes up to the heavens to borrow the Bull of Heaven, in order to punish Gilgamesh for rejecting her. (And also to punish Enkidu, for good measure.) The dialogue that follows is mostly between Anu and Ishtar—Anu being initially hesitant to lend out the Bull, but eventually caving in to his daughter's demands. Antum is silent. (She probably knows better than to get involved.)