From Greek mythology, after this evil king of Corinth died he was condemned to spend all eternity rolling a huge stone up a hill. Just as he reaches the top the stone rolls down and he must begin again.

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  • SISYPHUS — Aeoli fil. qui icum Atticam latrociniis infestaret (unde Ovid. Met. l. 13. v. 32. Quid sanguine cretus Sisyphio, furtisque et fraude simillimus illi.) a Theseo occisus est. Hunc Poetae fabulantur eô supplicii genere apud inferos plecti, ut saxum… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Sisyphus — Sis y*phus, n. [L. Sisyphus, Sisyphus, fr. Gr. ????.] (Class. Myth.) A king of Corinth, son of [AE]olus, famed for his cunning. He was killed by Theseus, and in the lower world was condemned by Pluto to roll to the top of a hill a huge stone,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sisyphus — Sisyphus, myth., Gründer Ephyras (Korinth), betrog Götter u. Menschen u. mußte darum in der Unterwelt einen stets wieder herabrollenden Stein einen Berg hinaufrollen (S.arbeit) …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Sisyphus — Gk. Sisyphos, a name of unknown origin. King of Corinth, famed as the craftiest of men, he was condemned in the afterlife to roll uphill a stone which perpetually rolls down again …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sisyphus — [sis′ə fəs] n. [L < Gr Sisyphos] Gr. Myth. a greedy king of Corinth doomed forever in Hades to roll a heavy stone uphill, only to have it always roll down again …   English World dictionary

  • Sisyphus — In Greek mythology, Sisyphus (Greek: Σίσυφος [sí.sy.phos] Audio IPA|Ell Sisyfos.ogg| [] , Latinized: Sisyphus, (IPAEng|ˈsɪsɨfəs)), was a king punished in Tartarus by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll… …   Wikipedia

  • Sisyphus — /sis euh feuhs/, n. Class. Myth. a son of Aeolus and ruler of Corinth, noted for his trickery: he was punished in Tartarus by being compelled to roll a stone to the top of a slope, the stone always escaping him near the top and rolling down again …   Universalium

  • Sisyphus — Eine wahre Sisyphusarbeit nennen wir noch heute wie Properz (›Sisyphios labores‹, Lachm. III, 17, 7) eine besonders schwere und qualvolle Arbeit, die zur Erfolglosigkeit verdammt scheint und deshalb niemals zu einem Abschluß gebracht werden kann …   Das Wörterbuch der Idiome

  • Sisyphus — Persephone beaufsichtigt Sisyphos in der Unterwelt, schwarzfigurige attische Amphora, um 530 v. Chr., Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 1494) Sisyphos ( …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sisyphus — Si|sy|phos <griechisch>, Si|sy|phus (Gestalt der griechischen Sage)   • Sisyphus Sisyphus, der der griechischen Sage nach dazu verurteilt war, einen Felsblock einen steilen Berg hinaufzuwälzen, von wo er kurz vor dem Gipfel immer wieder… …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

  • Sisyphus —  Not ss . In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king of Corinth who was condemned for eternity to push a heavy stone up a hill, only to have it roll down again. Hence Sisyphean describes some endless task …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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