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In Syria and Phoenicia

In the texts from Ugarit, the name of the goddess is spelled ʿṯtrt, probably vocalized as ʿAthtart(u). She is prominent among the gods in Ugaritic offering and ritual texts, but appears less often in mythic or literary texts, where the goddesses Asherah and Anat outshine her. She is occasionally mentioned together with Anat. For example, both have famed beauty in the Keret epic (KTU 1.14.iii.41–42); they prepare food for a feast and go hunting together in the marziḥu–banquet text (KTU 1.114.9–14, 22–23); they are paired together in the lists of deities invoked in serpent charms (KTU 1.100.20, 1.107.14); and in the Baal epic they both try to dissuade Baal from killing the sea-god Yamm's messengers (KTU 1.2.i.40–42). Scholars have often assumed that Astarte and Anat were consorts of Baal, but neither is...

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