Mullissu

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Mullissu is a goddess who is the wife of the Assyrian god Ashur. Mullissu may be identical with the Mesopotamian goddess Ninlil, wife of the god Enlil, which would parallel the fact that Ashur himself was modeled on Enlil. Mullissu's name was written "dNIN.LÍL".[1] Nonetheless, Mullissu, who was identified with Ishtar of Nineveh in Neo-Assyrian Empire times, is usually identified with Ishtar.

Also proposed to be Mullissu is a goddess whom Herodotus called Mylitta and identified with Aphrodite. The name Mylitta may derive from Mulliltu or Mulitta, names related to Mullissu.[2][3][4][5][6]

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  1. ^ Kurt Bergerhof; Manfried Dietrich; Oswald Loretz (1993). Mesopotamica - Ugaritica - Biblica. Butzon & Bercker. ISBN 978-3-7666-9840-7. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Albert De Jong (1997). Traditions of the Magi: Zoroastrianism in Greek and Latin Literature. BRILL. pp. 107–. ISBN 978-90-04-10844-8. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Marina Warner; Felipe Fernández-Armesto (1 June 2004). World Of Myths. University of Texas Press. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-292-70607-1. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Patricia Monaghan (31 December 2009). Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines. ABC-CLIO. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-0-313-34990-4. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Corinne Bonnet (1988). Melqart. Peeters. ISBN 978-2-87037-116-9. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Mulliltum was an epithet of Ninlil which evolved into Mullissu, used in Assyria for Ishtar as wife of Ashur (Iraq. British School of Archaeology in Iraq. 2004. p. 42. Retrieved 5 March 2013. ); another Sumerian name for Enlil was Mullil > Akkadian Mulliltu, name of Ninlil, Mulliltu > Neo-Assyrian Mullissu (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Leiden) (1995). Oudheidkundige mededeelingen. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. p. 35. Retrieved 5 March 2013. ).

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