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The Story of Sisyphus and Tantalus

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by Amanda Helms on 11 December 2012

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By: Amanda Helms The Story of Sisyphus and Tantalus The Beginning... Odysseus enters the land of Hades (The Underworld) to meet with Tiresias, the blind propet. Tiresias tells him that he will not be able to return home because Poseidon had punished all Achaeans for blinding his son, Polythemus Sisyphus Tantalus Who Is Tantalus? He's the son of Zues and Pluto. He married Dione, who is also, just like Sisyphus, one of the 7 Pleiedes sisters. He then had three children, who all had a violent death. Niobe died of sadness after her children were murdered, Broteas was believed that he was invisible by Artemis and then he jumped into a pit of fire, Lastly, Pelops was served in a dish as a sacrifice to the Gods and Goddesses by his father (the main reason why Tantalus was punished). He was favored by all the Gods, especially Zues. In the Odyssey, Odysseus come across Circe. Odysseus was told by Circe, the goddess of magic, to travel to the Underworld to meet Tiresias in order to know how to get home to Ithica. Who Is Sisyphus? Sisyphus is the son of Aeolos, who is the God of the Sea in Greek Mythology. He married Merope, one of the 7 Pleiedes sisters of Atlas and Pleione. He then had three sons, Ornytion, Sinon, and Glaucus. His name comes from the word "sisyphean" which means: endless or unavailing, as labor or task. The Land of Hades Odysseus meets two sinners while in the land of Hades. First, Odysseus comes across the sinner, Sisyphus The Two Sinners The First Sinner: Sisyphus Sisyphus was punished for rape, betrayal of Gods, murder, and cheating death. Sisyphus was punished eternally: he had to push a boulder over a hill, when it reached the peek, it would roll down again The Second Sinner: Tantalus Was punished for being a "not so heavenly host" as he hosted a feast with the Gods and Goddesses, serving chopped up human stew (human: Pelops, his son). Tantalus was affected with extreme hunger and thirst: Every time he reached for the grapes, they moved away, and every time he reached for water, it moved away. End of The Underworld During Odysseus' journey, he
met sinners that had been punished brutally for their crimes. However, when he moved on, he encountered several more hardships. After the Underworld, he passed the Island of the Sirens. Odysseus eventually returns home to kill all his suitors and reunite with his wife, Penelope and his son, Telemachus. Tartarus - The Underworld Works Cited Bad Dad Gaming. © 2012 BadDadGaming, n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. <http://www.baddadgaming.com/?p=103>."Classical Mythology: Sisyphus." Info Please. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2012. <http://www.infoplease.com/cig/mythology/cunning-rogue-sisyphus.html>."Classical Mythology: Tantalus." Info Please. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2012. <http://www.infoplease.com/cig/mythology/not-so-heavenly-host-tantalus.html>."The Odyssey: Sisyphus and Tantalus." Damnation of Greek Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2012. <http://greekdamnation.blogspot.com/2004/11/odyssey-sisyphus-and-tantalus.html>."Sisyphis." Sisyphus. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print."Tantalus." Tantalus. N.p.: Wikipedia, n.d. N. pag. Print."Tantalus." Thanasis. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2012. <http://www.thanasis.com/store/tantalus.htm>.Tender Love and a Seedy Wink. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. <http://tenderloveandaseedywink.blogspot.com/2010_04_04_archive.html>."The Underworld." White Rose Garden. Heather Changeri, 1997. Web. 9 Dec. 2012. <http://www.whiterosesgarden.com/Nature_of_Evil/Underworld/UNDR_content_pages/UDNR_INDEX_PG.htm>.Witch of Forest Grove. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://witchofforestgrove.com/2009/10/09/luciferian-witchcraft/>.Yermolaeva, Tatyana. "Odysseus and Circe." Elfwood. Thomas Abrahamsson, n.d. Web. 9 Dec. 2012. <http://y Thomas Abrahamsson and>.
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