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The torments of Tantalus

The area is named after Tantalus, a son of Zeus and Pluto who, according to the legend, betrayed the gods and was sent to Hades where he was forced to stand in water underneath a fruit tree. When he tried to drink, the water retreated and when he tried to eat, the branches moved out of his reach. This punishment is known today as the torments of Tantalus.