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Sisyphus was the son of the god Aeolus and he was king of the same city that he founded, Corinth, and during his reign he always stood out for his great ingenuity when governing.
He had walls built around Corinth and made all travelers have to pay to pass through that city.
He had many herds of cattle in his city and as a neighbor he had Autolycus, who had the approval of the god Hermes, who had given him the power to turn bulls into cows and turn them from white to red, with which the true owner of the cattle would never find his cattle, despite being in front of him or very close.
The cunning of Sisyphus
Little by little, Sisyphus saw how his herds were dwindling and began to suspect that something strange was happeningTherefore, he tried to remedy the matter by engraving on the hooves of his cattle a phrase: "Autolico has stolen me" in a small size, which would show that the cows had been stolen.
Before such a cunning gesture, Autolycus sent his daughter Anticlea to make Sisyphus fall in love and have children with him to inherit his intelligence and cunning to later profit from the ingenuity of his daughter's children.
But Sisyphus not only showed cunning in this case of the thefts of cattle but also managed to deceive the gods. One day when he was in his palace, Sisyphus saw a great eagle carrying a woman in its talons.
In this case, the eagle was an image of the god Zeus himself, who had kidnapped Aegina, the daughter of Asopo, god of rivers. A short time later, Asopo went to ask Sisyphus for help, knowing his cunning.
Sisyphus told him that he would tell him the name of the one who had kidnapped his daughter if, in exchange, he created a river on the hill where the city of Corinth was growing, to which Asopo agreed.
Sisyphus told him it was Zeus, who upon noticing the presence of Asopo turned into a stone so that he could not be detected.
The punishment of Sisyphus
Zeus punished Sisyphus to go to the world of the dead, with his brother, the god Hades, but thanks to his cunning he again escaped from the hands of this god, later from Hermes, who had the power to visit both Olympus and the world of the gods and even of Persephone, Hades's wife.
But finally Hermes managed to catch him and take him to the kingdom of Hades, where he was sentenced to climb a huge rock to the top of a hill and when it was up it fell, so that was the fate of Sisyphus, to repeat the same thing over and over again for eternity.
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