THE ANCIENT MYTH OF SISYPHUS
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
When someone has a repetitive task that must be
completed, it’s often referred to as a Sisyphean task. This dates back to the
story of Sisyphus and his seemingly meaningless chore.
Sisyphus was the king of Corinth and he was most
known for being very deceitful and vicious. He often killed the visitors that
came to his country and it’s said that he enjoyed killing them, as it would
secure his place as king. Sisyphus was responsible for many wrongdoings
including seducing his niece, stealing his brother’s throne, and telling of
Zeus’ secrets. The biggest secret of Zeus’ that he told was of the time that
Zeus abused Aegina, the daughter of the river god, Asopus.
Zeus was enraged that Sisyphus would tell of his
secrets and so he ordered Hades to take Sisyphus prisoner in the underworld
Tartarus. But being so sly, Sisyphus had a plan of his own. As he was about to
be chained, he pretended to be fascinated with the contraptions, Sisyphus asked
Thanatos, the god of death, to show him how the handcuffs worked. Thanatos tried
the handcuffs on and Sisyphus took him and placed him in his closet.
This placed the entire universe out of balance, as
there would be no deaths until Thanatos was set free. Ares, the son of Zeus,
needed to eventually free Thanatos from Sisyphus and Sisyphus was sent to
Tartarus. Before his death, Sisyphus told his wife not to offer the usual
sacrifice that was traditional upon any deaths. After he was sent to Tartarus,
he told the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone that his wife was not carrying
out her obligations. He asked her if he could be permitted to travel back up to
the upper world to ask his wife to carry out her obligations. Persephone allowed
this and Sisyphus returned.
However, Sisyphus would not return to the
Underworld once he had gone back to the upper world. He eventually needed to be
returned by Hermes. His sins were not to go unpunished. The gods were angry that
he had tricked them and for this, Zeus punished him to a life of frustration.
Sisyphus was condemned to live a life forever trying to push a boulder to the
top of a hill. Every time he neared the top, the boulder would roll back down
and Sisyphus would need to start over again.
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