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Astarte

Mythic, worshipped by Semitic peoples of Phoenicia (modern-day Syria and Lebanon), exact dates uncertain

Identical to Ishtar, Ashtoreth, and Asherah, Astarte was the Phoenician goddess of love and fertility and the patron of Sidon, a Lebanese port city. Like her other incarnations, she was the partner of Baal, the sun god and chief male deity. Many scholars believe that she is also a source for the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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