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(Ἀταργάτις; Atargátis: Isidorus [2] from Charax GGM 1,249; Ἀτταγάθη; : [9. 109]; Ἀταράτη Atargátē: Simpl. in Aristot. Ph. 641,33 f.; Ἀταργάτη [6 59 f.]. The goddess A. is documented from the 4th cent. BC in northern Syria. Her name is explained in the literature as a combination of the names  Astarte and  Anat (Aramaic ataraṯ(t)ā). A. shows characteristics of a warlike and erotic goddess, the ‘mistress of the beasts’ ( Pótnia thērṓn ), the mother of the gods ( Mother goddesses), a ‘mistress of the sea’,  Tyche and goddess of fertility. She was represented i…

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Niehr, Herbert (Tübingen), “Atargatis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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