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Headword: Tantalos
Adler number: tau,79
Translated headword: Tantalos, Tantalus
Vetting Status: high
He was the son of Zeus. But he thought himself worthy of the gods' table and he divulged their mysteries; and on account of this he is punished in the houses of judgement below the earth. He has a stone hanging above him and below him he has plenty of water and fruit-bearing plants. So if he wanted to drink the water, the stone would fall on him. He was consumed with thirst, seeing what he needed to eat and drink, but not being able to. As soon as he touched the pool with his beard, his chin would be dry.
Greek Original:
Tantalos: tou Dios ên huios. axiôtheis de trapezês tôn theôn edêmosieusen autôn ta mustêria: kai dia touto kolazetai en tois hupo gên dikaiôtêriois, petron echôn ephuperthen autou êrtêmenon kai katô hudôr polu kai blastêmata karpophora. ean oun êthelêse piein tou hudatos, epipten ho lithos ep' auton. dipsei d' etêketo, horôn men aph' hôn edei phagein kai piein, mê dunamenos de. epi geneiois de hote hêpsato tês limnês to geneion exêraineto.
See also tau 77, tau 78, tau 80, tau 81, and generally OCD(4) s.v. The present entry's material follows ps.-Nonnus, Scholia mythologica 5.32.
Keywords: biography; botany; ethics; food; mythology; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 November 2000@11:57:51.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation, added keywords) on 19 November 2000@00:03:39.
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 16 June 2002@08:01:16.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaking) on 6 January 2014@09:29:39.
David Whitehead on 5 August 2014@07:25:02.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 21 December 2014@00:42:03.


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