Astarte


As·tar·te

noun \ə-ˈstär-tē\

Definition of ASTARTE

:  the Phoenician goddess of fertility and of sexual love

Origin of ASTARTE

Latin, from Greek Astartē
First Known Use: 1599

Astarte

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Goddess of the ancient Middle East and chief deity of the Mediterranean seaports of Tyre, Sidon, and Elath. Astarte shared many qualities, and perhaps a common origin, with her sister Anath. The goddess of love and war, Astarte was worshiped in Egypt and in Canaan, as well as among the Hittites. Her Akkadian counterpart was Ishtar. She is often mentioned in the Bible under the name Ashtaroth; Solomon is said to have worshipped the goddess, and Josiah destroyed the shrines dedicated to her. In Egypt she was assimilated with Isis and Hathor; in the Greco-Roman world she was assimilated with Aphrodite, Artemis, and Juno.

Variants of ASTARTE

Astarte or Ashtart

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