The Aiolidai: Sisyphos (page 174, with art)

Chapter 5: The Line of Deukalion

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Aeolus’ son Sisyphus, whose wheedling words persuaded Persephone who giveth men forgetfulness by doing despite to their wits, so that through his wilinesses he returned even from Hades, a thing which hath been contrived of none other, whosoever hath once been veiled in the black cloud of Death and gone to the shadowy place of the departed, passing the black portal which for all their denial of guilt prisoneth the souls of the dead; yet e’en thence, ‘t would seem, to the light of the Sun came hero Sisyphus back by his own great cunning. Greek Text

♠ Pherekydes 3F119 – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, p. 92, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

Hellanikos 4F19a – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, pp. 110-11, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

Paestum Museum: metope from Heraion I at Foce del Sele with Sisyphos and his rock, tormented by a male demon (Thanatos?)

Paestum Museum, Wikimedia

Formerly Kassel, Staatliche Antikensammlung S 49b (now lost): Lakonian black-figure cup, Sisyphos ?

J. Boehlau, Aus ionischen und italischen Nekropolen: Ausgrabungen und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der nachmykenischen griechischen Kunst (1898), pl. 10.4

Munich, Antikensammlungen 1494: Attic black-figure neck-amphora by the Swing Painter, Underworld with warrior (Aias, son of Telamon?), Persephone and Sisyphos with rock


Digital LIMC

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Munich Antkensammlungen 1549: Attic black-figure neck-amphora by Acheloos Painter, Underworld with Persephone, Sisyphos with rock, Hades


Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 43a MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, pp. 27-31, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

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Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, December 2019.

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, February 2022

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