2.2.2 – The graves of Sisyphus and Neleus

[2] τάφους δὲ Σισύφου καὶ Νηλέως—καὶ γὰρ Νηλέα ἀφικόμενον ἐς Κόρινθον νόσῳ τελευτῆσαί φασι καὶ περὶ τὸν ἰσθμὸν ταφῆναιοὐκ ἂν οἶδ᾽ εἰ ζητοίη τις ἐπιλεξάμενος τὰ Εὐμήλου: Νηλέως μὲν γὰρ οὐδὲ Νέστορι ἐπιδειχθῆναι τὸ μνῆμα ὑπὸ τοῦ Σισύφου φησί, χρῆναι γὰρ ἄγνωστον τοῖς πᾶσιν ὁμοίως εἶναι, Σίσυφον δὲ ταφῆναι μὲν ἐν τῷ ἰσθμῷ, τὸν δέ οἱ τάφον καὶ τῶν ἐφ᾽ αὑτοῦ Κορινθίων ὀλίγους εἶναι τοὺς εἰδότας. ὁ δὲ Ἰσθμικὸς ἀγὼν οὐδὲ ἀναστάντων ὑπὸ Μομμίου Κορινθίων ἐξέλιπεν, ἀλλ᾽ ὅσον μὲν χρόνον ἠρήμωτο ἡ πόλις, Σικυωνίοις ἄγειν ἐπετέτραπτο τὰ Ἴσθμια, οἰκισθείσης δὲ αὖθις ἐς τοὺς νῦν οἰκήτορας περιῆλθεν ἡ τιμή.

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What do the burials of Sisyphus and Neleus have to do with heroon of Palaimon? What do Sisyphus and Melicertes have to do with each other? (cf. Heroes with Corinthian Connections).
What does Neleus have to do with Sisyphus?

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Heroes with Corinthian Connections. Created by Phillip Gallagher.

Sisyphus in the Underworld

A Fury torments Sisyphus with a whip as he seeks to roll his stone up the hill.
Red-figure volute krater; Apulian, attributed to the “Underworld Painter,” 330-20 BCE, Munich, Antikensammlung. Photograph: Barbara McManus, 2005