Myth of Sisyphus

According to Greek mythology, Sisyphus, son of Aeolus, married Atlas’ daughter, Merope, and owned a fine herd of cattle on the isthmus of Corinth. He founded Ephyra, later known as Corinth and peopled it with man sprung from mushrooms.

The River-god Asopus came to Corinth in search of his missing daughter, Aegina, whereupon Sisyphus, in exchange for perennial spring, disclosed Zeus’ abduction of her.

Infuriated with Sisyphus for his betrayal of divine secrets, Zeus ordered his brother Hades to fetch Sisyphus down to Tartarus for everlasting punishment. He was compelled for eternity to roll a stone to the top of a steep hill that always rolled down again.


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