Moving Inland
Sumer to Akkad
Inanna to Ishtar
Ishtar’s Descent
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Ishtar’s Descent

"Gatekeeper, ho, open thy gate!
Open thy gate that I may enter!
If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living."
The gatekeeper opened his mouth and spoke,
Spoke to the lady Ishtar:
"Desist, O lady, do not destroy it.
I will go and announce thy name to my queen Ereshkigal."

~ from Descent of the Goddess Ishtar into the Lower World (from the Civilization of Babylonia and Assyria, M. Jastrow, 1915) Read more of the translation on the Academy For Ancient Texts website.

Ishtar in the Underworld
Ishatar in Hades, by Ernest Wallcousins who illustrated
Myths of Babylonia and Assyria, by Donald A. Mackenzie, 1915.