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  • n. Greek Mythology A king of Thessaly who committed parricide and attempted to rape Hera and was punished by Zeus by being bound to a perpetually revolving wheel in Hades.

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  • proper n. King of Lapiths, who was punished by Zeus for trying to seduce Hera by being bound to winged fiery wheel that was always spinning.
  • proper n. A Kuiper belt object (KBO), 28978 Ixion (provisional designation 2001 KX76)


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From Latin Ixīōn, from Ancient Greek Ἰξίων (Iksiōn).


  • "Ixion" in "Jocoseria," is in alternate hexameter and pentameter, which the author also employs here for the only time; it imitates the turning of the wheel on which Ixion is bound.

    A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)

  • Jupiter’s two vessels, which unceasingly poured forth good and evil; the cloud embraced by Ixion, which is the emblem and punishment of an ambitious man; and the death of Narcissus, which is the punishment of self-love.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • "Ixion," with its trilling flutes and pockets of pregnant silence.

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  • All the projects are part of an experimental partnership between a charity (New Deal of the Mind), the state (the Arts Council and the Department for Work and Pensions) and the private sector (Ixion, a training company owned by Anglia Ruskin University that acts as the financial guarantor).

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  • History is the "first step out of the realm of instinct" where man, like "the animal," as Schelling says in anticipating the Ages, was confined "to an eternal circuit of actions in which, like Ixion upon his wheel, he revolves unceasingly" (199, 202).

    'The Abyss of the Past': Psychoanalysis in Schelling's Ages of the World (1815)

  • Ixion was our "child" before the flesh and blood children came along.

    Snow, Glorious Snow

  • There were six of us riding the cyborg transbox out through the inner system, me and Rinty picked up at VenusLab, rotating back to Vesta along with some human researchers who'd finished their assignments, joining four Chinese boys come aboard at Mercury, who thought they might be on their way to Ixion now.

    New Race

  • Nick showered and, for the next half hour, lay nude on top of his king-size bed, the points of his feet and hands spread in a giant X, like Ixion fastened to his burning wheel.

    Rain Gods

  • Zeffie appears with some of her mom's old Ixion comrades including comic Willie Edouin and his wife Alice Atherton.

    Biography and Burlesque!

  • After all, where else can I ride my unicorn-bicycle Ixion without having to deal with all those bothersome stares?

    Buzzine » Burning Man 2009: Evolution


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