Zeus's son and king of Lydia, who was honoured by the gods by being allowed to sit at their table on the Olympus. Tantalas killed his son, boiled him and served him to the gods to test them, and as a punishment he was sent to Tartarus in Hades. His destiny there was to stand in a pool be thirsty and hungry forever, above him was a tree full of fruits, but whenever he reached for it the wind blew the branches up, and when he bowed to drink the water sunk.