O crime que levou Sísifo a empurrar uma pedra foi enganar a morte. Ele fez com que sua esposa não o enterrasse adequadamente antes de morrer, acorrentou a morte e enganou Perséfone para deixá-lo retornar brevemente à terra para repreender sua esposa e fugir em vez de voltar para o inferno.

Sísifo

Sísifo era o rei de Éfira (Corinto) na mitologia grega. Ele era filho do Rei Éolo da Tessália e Enarete. Ele fundou Ephyra, que governou como seu primeiro rei. Sua esposa era a ninfa Mérope, com quem teve quatro filhos; Glauco, Ornytion, Almus e Thersander.

Embora Sísifo tenha ajudado sua cidade a se tornar um centro comercial e investido na navegação, ele era uma pessoa astuta e enganadora. Em inúmeras ocasiões, ele violou o Xenia, o conceito de hospitalidade e generosidade demonstrado aos viajantes e convidados, matando-os, para que pudesse provar que era um rei implacável. Essas violações fizeram com que ele caísse nos olhos de Zeus, que estava encarregado de promover a Xênia. Outra vez que Sísifo enfureceu Zeus quando disse ao rio ... Continue lendo (leitura de 3 minutos)

8 thoughts on “The crime that led Sisyphus to push a boulder was cheating death. He made his wife not bury him properly before he died, chained death, and tricked Persephone into letting him briefly return to earth to scold his wife and ran away instead of returning to hell.”

  1. Squaragus_Asparagus

    Also, mind you, Sisyphus was not innocent. He raped, killed, and stole on earth and was a brutal tyrant. The first time he died he chained Death (Thanatos) so no humans could die on earth. The earth was plagued with bodies walking around headless, speared, and entrails hanging out. Aries released death and condemned him to die. Before death, Sisyphus had a plan to cheat dying again.

    He instructed Merope (his wife) to not bury him properly and not place a coin under his tongue so he could be allowed an audience with Persephone to plead to return to earth to receive the correct rites and scold his wife.

    On Earth he escaped and lived to old age, but was dragged to hell by Hermes at the end of his long life, and was punished with pushing a boulder that crushed him as it rolled back down each time.

  2. flotiste

    Though the boulder itself was not exactly a punishment. He was given the choice when he died of going to the afterlife, or he could choose to be a God if only he could push the boulder up the hill. But if you chose the boulder he had to keep at it until he succeeded. And in most of the myths, he still believes he chose correctly, and is still working to become a god, absolutely firm in his belief that it will work.

  3. flnnry

    Do we still need to imagine sisyphus happy?

  4. CrimsonPig

    Cool dude, he always tosses a few obols my way when I’m passing through Tartarus

  5. Andyetwearestill

    And yet, one must imagine him happy

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