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Kristin Thompson

on 30 April 2010

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Transcript of Sisyphus

Sisyphus “The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.” ~Homer Who is Sisyphus? a symbol of futility, the cleverest of all mankind. Zeus punishes for betrayal by summoning him to Hell. Before leaving, asks wife for improper burial (he's got a plan).
Coin for passage with Charon? Aegina, daughter of the River God Asopus, secretly captured by Zeus.
Sisyphus knew of this and would only assist Asopus if he created the Eternal Spring for Ephyra King and founder of Ephyra (Corinth) Outwitted the God of Death and nobody could die.
People miserable
No meat because animals could not die
Ares, God of War, released him
Queen Persephone Hades Zeus Chasing Aegina What happened? After he arrives in Hell, goes to the ferry of Charon, but has no payment. Requests permission to punish his wife for failure to complete task. Persephone agrees to his three days mortality. ~TRICK~ When Thanatos came to retrieve Sisyphus... Lives long life with wife until age captures him (Hermes for some)
Hades gives Sisyphus a task to keep his mind out of devious trickery.
His Crime of Hubris and defying the Gods... one of the few to escape the Depths of Hell. Kristin Thompson End result: Tartarus
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