Sisyphus as a Means of Imagining the Underworld

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Erin Thompson

CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Date Written: April 22, 2006

Abstract

This paper examines Greek vases with joking representations of famous sinners punished in the Underworld – Sisyphos, Oknos, and the Dainads. These vases stand as evidence for certain Greek beliefs about life after death. These beliefs are probably connected to Orphic initiation or a similar classical ‘mystery’ religions.

Suggested Citation

Thompson, Erin, Sisyphus as a Means of Imagining the Underworld (April 22, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2923911

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