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SISYPHUS

Son of king Aeolus of Thessaly and Enarete, the crafty first king of Corinth and founder of the Isthmian games.

Sisyphus promoted commerce, in his own way - by lying and stealing mostly, and wasn't shy of violating the laws of hospitality by killing travellers and guests. While not particularly honorable it did keep him at the top of the tree... in a kingdom he had stolen from his brother in the first place.

Sisyphus once interfered with his niece which the gods turned a blind eye too - after all, most of them had done it themselves, but he commited a serious faux-pas when revealing the top secret where-abouts of Aegina, and Zeus was caught with his pants down by her red faced father.

Zeus decided enough was enough and Sisyphus had long since passed his use by date, it was time for a well earned trip into death. But Sisyphus was wily, so wily that when Thanatos arrived to collect his soul he found himself gagged, bound with his own shackles and thrown in the closet. How embaressing.

Ares took this particularly badly as warriors were losing lumps and limbs and laughing off normally fatal wounds, but just not dying. In fact no-one was dying and where's the fun in that? The war god took matters into his own hands and delivered the soul of Sisyphus to Hades personally.

Always one step ahead, Sisyphus left his wife pretty specific instructions to chuck his lifeless corpse into the city centre, which was another crafty masterstroke. Back in ancient Greece if you hadn't been given a proper burial strictly speaking you weren't really dead.

Once in Hades Sisyphus had a good old moan to Persephone about his stupid wife and how she 'forgot' to give him proper burial rights. Hell, as Merope hadn't even placed the obligatory Obulus under his tongue he had no right to be in Hades in the first place. Rules is rules and with no answer to his logic Sisyphus was granted a temporary leave of absence to help organise his own burial.

Sisyphus had no intentions of returning to the underworld but was eventually dragged kicking and screaming to Tartarus by Hermes and condemmed to eternally push a huge boulder up a hill only to watch it roll all the way to the bottom every time the summit was within touching distance. How demoralizing.
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Parents : Aeolus and Enarete
Spouse : Merope
Offspring : Don't know, sorry
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'SISYPHUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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