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Ixion

Ixion (ĭkˈsēən) [key], in Greek mythology, king of the Lapithes. Ixion murdered his father-in-law to avoid paying a price for his bride. When no one on earth would purify him, Zeus took Ixion to Olympus and purified him. While there Ixion attempted to seduce Hera, but Zeus created a phantom of her and by it Ixion became the father of the centaurs. As punishment for his impious act, Ixion was chained eternally to a revolving, fiery wheel in Tartarus.

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