Ishtar and Tammuz

This is not your typical love story. Ishtar is no goddess to trifle with as she represents both love and war, and her worship is ultimately about achieving political power. She also threatened a zombie apocalypse if the gates of hell were not opened for her. But even goddesses like Ishtar need love, and she found it in a simple shepherd named Tammuz. If they were on Facebook, their relationship status would be “it’s complicated.” Join us for a discussion of this most interesting and complicated story of a goddess and her simple mortal man. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well.About the SeriesThere is something about two or (as a philosopher would say) twoness. Sure, one or oneness is the ultimate reality, but twoness speaks to that which is more than one—multiplicity, the many, manifestations—in other words life itself. If one is our aspiration, two is our reality, the place from which we reach for the one. Also, it’s difficult to tell a good story about the one because stories function through conflict and tension, and for that you need at least two. Accordingly, the stories we have told ourselves throughout the world and all through history are stories of two, especially couples. In this President’s Class, we examine some of these great stories of couples. We will learn what they symbolize to the cultures who told them and what they can mean for us today. Welcome to Mythic Couples and their Modern Meanings.About the Speaker:Greg Salyer, Ph.D. is the President of the Philosophical Research Society. For twenty-five years, he has been an administrator and scholar in higher education institutions, but his highest calling has always been that of teacher. Trained in interdisciplinary studies, Dr. Salyer moves through the disciplines of literature, philosophy, and religious studies looking for and helping his students find practical and profound wisdom in the stories, texts, and ideas created all over the world and throughout history.Learn more about PRS, online classes, and find sources of practical and profound wisdom at https://www.prs.org/.