Ixion is the name of the king of the Lapiths (an ancient tribe in Thessaly) in Greek mythology who was either the son of Ares, Antion, Leonteus, or Phlegyas. Apparently, Ixion was not a very good person, killing his father-in-law after inviting him for dinner and breaking the laws of xenia, and no one would perform the rituals that would cleanse him of his guilt. However, Zeus took pity on him and invited him as his guest at the table of Olympos, which turned out to be a bad idea when Ixion began lusting after Hera. When Zeus found out he created a replica of her from the cloud goddess Nephele to see how far Ixion would take it. When he was caught, Zeus punished him by having Ixion chained to a fiery wheel that would turn forever. Apparently, from his union with Nephele came the birth of the first centaur. Ixion’s name is of uncertain meaning thouh it may be derived from Greek ixos meaning “mistletoe” and “birdlime” or from Ancient Greek ixia meaning “pine-thistle”.