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Sisyphos, alternatively Sisyphus, was an Isu[1] who was later revered as the founder of the Greek polis Korinth and the Isthmian Games in Greek mythology.

Mythology

In Greek mythology, Sisyphos was the brother of Salmoneus.[2] Sisyphos found the corpse of Melikertes on the shore, buried him and established the Ishtmian Games in his honor, as well as a cult.[3]

According to legend, after angering Zeus, the god ordered Thanatos to seize Sisyphos.[4] The mortal fooled Death, however, and as punishment for this, Sisyphos was condemned to push a boulder to the top of a hill for eternity. After his death, he was said to buried in a cave below the hill. Centuries later, a monument depicting his punishment stood outside the cave.[5]

Legacy and influence

In the 420s BCE, the Spartan misthios Kassandra would visit the Grave of Sisyphos during her travels. Commenting "Ah, Sisyphos. You should have left Thanatos to it",[4] recalling the myth of Sisyphos trying to fool Thanatos.[2]

When Rebecca Crane spoke with Desmond Miles in 2012 and raised the possibility of exploring his Precursor DNA through the Animus, Desmond jokingly voiced concern that his ancestor would turn out to be one of the "third-rate" Isu and mentioned Sisyphos. Years later in 2020, Layla Hassan later kept a copy of the conversation on her laptop.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaLayla Hassan's personal files: "Desmond_02.WAV"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikipedia-W-visual-balanced.svg Sisyphus on Wikipedia
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyKorinthia: Altar of Melikertes
  4. 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyKorinthia: Grave of Sisyphos