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The Myth of Tantalus: Crime and Punishment

by Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom He was one of the first generation of mortals, and his offense against the Olympian Gods led to him suffering a gruesome and terrible eternal punishment. It was because of his crimes that the famous House of Atreus was cursed, whose tragedies were the themes of works by

Is Sin Hereditary? Are We Culpable for our Ancestors?

When it comes to best/worst ancient Greek stories of ancestral sin, the competition is tough. There are so many to choose from! Nonetheless, I’d champion two for the top prize.  Tie for number one is the House of Cadmus. Poor Cadmus, all he did was slay a dragon and found the city of Thebes… which