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1 A Tantalizing Sisyphean Task: Greek Mythology in Popular Culture Bibliography: “Greek Sinners in the Modern World” greek_sinners_in_the_modern_world.htm

2 Mythological Influence on...

3 Greek Mythology in Popular Culture

4 SISYPHUS IXION TANTALUS

5 House f Tantalus John Barton’s epic play cycle Denver, 2000 Tantalus: Hyginus: #82-88; Apollodorus E.2.1Hyginus:Apollodorus

6 Tantalus Detail from a Italian vase Fourth-century B.C. How is the story in the painting at right different from the story in the relief above?

7 “Tantalus Cup” How could the philosophy Pythagoras use this cup to teach moderation? Why was it called a “Tantalus Cup”?

8 Sisyphus and Tantalus in the Literary World

9 Sisyphus in Art Titian El Prado Madrid Franz von Stuck

10 Tantalus Bernard Picart ( )

11 Honore Daumier French Realist Illustrator, Strip for Me. Sept Scottish cartoonist Douglas Noble Eric Shanower Age of Bronze Special 1999 What does Noble wrap around Tantalus’ neck?

12 Tantalus Bernard Picart ( )

13 Tantalus Interactive

14 Zoology Chlorocebus tantalus Sisyphus spinipes ↕ Tantalus aethiopicus

15 Tantalus Mountain Range The Tantalus Range is a small but spectacular sub-range of the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in southern British Columbia, Canada.

16 Tantalum Symbol: Ta Atomic Number: 73

17 Commercial Products

18 Why is this object called a tantalus? A three bottle rack style tantalus.

19 Boats HMS Tantalus USS Tantalus

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21 Arena. “Tantalus.” In Pepper’s Ghost (2005) Standing in water, but dying of thirst This is my thanks and this is my curse Try as I might, the fruit on the trees All remain beyond reach, beyond wishes or pleading for One last chance Waiting for time to pass me by Waiting for freedom, waiting to die Where can I go, in a world without hope? There is never a place for a soul that has broken so Trust in no one - Trust in no one Pop Music Sills, Stephen. "Myth of Sisyphus." In Stills (1975) Are you troubled Feelin' bad And no one seems to care Got the myth of Sisyphus Fallin' on you like a rolling stone

22 Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind, And did He stoop to quibble could tell why The little buried mole continues blind, Why flesh that mirrors Him must someday die, Make plain the reason tortured Tantalus Is baited by the fickle fruit, declare If merely brute caprice dooms Sisyphus To struggle up a never-ending stair. Inscrutable His ways are, and immune To catechism by a mind too strewn With petty cares to slightly understand What awful brain compels His awful hand. Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing.

23 A Tantalizing Sisyphean Task Tom Sienkewicz Monmouth College Bibliography: “Greek Sinners in the Modern World” MythDocuments/greek_sinners_in_the_modern_world.h tm


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