Ixion

Ixion

[ik-sahy-uhn, ik-see-on]
noun Classical Mythology.
a king who was punished by Zeus for his love for Hera by being bound on an eternally revolving wheel in Tartarus.
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Ixion (ɪkˈsaɪən)
 
n
Greek myth a Thessalian king punished by Zeus for his love of Hera by being bound to a perpetually revolving wheel
 
Ixionian
 
adj

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ixion

in Greek legend, son either of the god Ares or of Phlegyas, king of the Lapiths in Thessaly. He murdered his father-in-law and could find no one to purify him until Zeus did so and admitted him as a guest to Olympus. Ixion abused his pardon by trying to seduce Zeus's wife, Hera. Zeus substituted for her a cloud, by which Ixion became the father of Centaurus, who fathered the Centaurs by the mares of Mount Pelion. Zeus, to punish him, bound him on a fiery wheel, which rolled unceasingly through the air or, according to the more common tradition, in the underworld.

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