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Sinis [r]: From Greek mythology, he is one of the brigands killed by Theseus on the trip overland back home to Athens. Sinis tied travelers to two pine trees, which were bent back, and then he released the trees, sending the victims flying to their death, according to Elizabeth Vandiver, Classics scholar and authority on Greek mythology and Greek tragedy including the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Homer, and Virgil. This definition is based on her course Classical Mythology from The Teaching Company. [e]

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