The hybrid nature of the griffin means that it is able to traverse both the air and the land; representing a bridge between the heavens and the earth.
The cult of Sin was intimately connected with the cattle herds and the domestication of large flocks of animals.
It is fair to conclude that it was military rule--and not kingship, per se--that led to the self-deification of kings.
In Mesopotamia, the concept of a temporary ruler acting as a custodian of the divine sought to solve the conflict that had arisen between secular and religious leadership.
During and throughout the course of his long reign, Ashurbanipal utilised the resources at his disposal to construct the Library of Ashurbanipal: a collection of texts and documents of various different genres.
Inanna's care and protection of the king, her concern for his life and his fate, as well as her ability to ensure his victory during battle; are all dominant themes in what are considered to be the blessings she bestows.
By disguising his true identity and his true self, he is looking for a different kind of help.