Mesopotamia - a fascinating past
THE DEFEAT OF GILGAMESH
An ancient epic history of love and power
Enheduanna, High priestess in the city of Ur, tells the story of Inanna, Goddess of love and war, and the hero Gilgamesh. It is the year 2450 BC. Inanna’s grandmother the goddess Ishtar, determines that Inanna must rescue the privileges and high status of women and sends her on a voyage together with a friend and a eunuch, where a near death experience leaves Inanna wounded and weak. In the town of Kish they learn a lot about the hero Gilgamesh, his seductions and how he is leaving the citizens of Uruk bewildered and helpless. Together with the High Priestess of Kish, they figure out a plan to bring about his downfall.
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Greta Sykes is a German/English writer and artist. The Defeat of Gilgamesh is her second novel. Her first novel, Under Charred Skies, is a biographical narrative, picturing the lives of her grandmother and mother during the heyday of the Weimar Republic and its tragic end at the start of WW2.
Greta was born in Hamburg but moved to London in her early twenties. She studied art at UCL and holds Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of East London. She is also an associate researcher at University College London.
Her art, paintings as well as writings, examine nature and the role of women.
Greta lives and works in Crouch End, London and Levanto, Italy. She has two sons.