In Greek mythology Sisyphus (pronounced “sis’-i-fuhs”), the sly son of Aeolus and king of Corinth, outwitted even Death.
When Death came to get him, Sisyphus bound him in chains, preventing everyone from dying until Zeus rescued Death.
Sisyphus then went to Hades, having instructed his wife to give him an improper burial. He was allowed to return to Earth in order to settle this matter, but refused to return to Hades.
When Death finally claimed him, Sisyphus was condemned eternally to roll a heavy stone to the top of a hill, only to have it fall back each time.