House of Tantalus
Major People Involved in the Tantalus Myth
Read about the major figures, mostly family members, involved in the myth of Tantalus and his children.
Hippodamia, the daughter of Oenomaus, king of Pisa, wished to marry Pelops, son of Tantalus, so, according to Apollodorus, she persuaded Myrtilus, son of Hermes, to help Pelops win the chariot race against her father.
Myrtilos was a son of Hermes and the charioteer of King Oinomaus of Pisa.
King Oenomaus of Pisa offered his daughter to whoever could beat him in a chariot race. Whoever failed forfeited his life.
'Children of Tantalus' - Review of 'Children of Tantalus'
Victoria Grossack and Alice Underwood's most recent collaboration has produced a trilogy about the 'Children of Tantalus.' The first volume is Niobe and Pelops - Children of Tantalus; the second volume is Niobe and Amphion - The Road to Thebes; the third, Niobe and Chloris - Arrows of Artemis.
In Greek mythology, Niobe, who was the daughter of Tantalus, the queen of Thebes, and the wife of King Amphion, foolishly boasted that she was more fortunate than Leto, the mother of Artemis and Apollo.
Tantalus. A son of Zeus Tantalus was punished for serving the gods his son Pelops.
Glossary entry on Pelops.
Mythological origins of the Olympic games are the chariot race Pelops ran to win the hand of Hippodamia.
Glossary entry on Atreus, founder of the House of Atreus.
Hermes - A Thief, Inventor, and Messenger God
Hermes provided a golden lamb to start a quarrel between Atreus and Thyestes, furthering the problems of the House of Atreus. In connection with the Trojan War, Hermes escorted the three goddesses to Paris.