Characters From Greek Mythology
Nationality: Ancient Greece
Religion: Greek pantheon
Cause of Death: Fall from a lightning-struck flying chariot
Parents: Helios and Clymene
Turtledove Appearances:
"Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"
Satirical Fantasy
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Driver

Phaëthon (Ancient Greek: Φαέθων, "shining one," other Latin transliterations abound), was most commonly considered to be the son of the sun god Helios and the sea nymph Clymene. Wanting to prove his pedigree, he asked his father to be allowed to drive the sun chariot for a day. While crossing the sky, he was unable to control the horses. The Earth was in danger of being incinerated, forcing Zeus to destroy the chariot with a thunderbolt.

Phaëthon in "Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"[]

Phaëthon drove the chariot which took Perseus and Andromeda from the wedding feast to the honeymoon suite. The bride was unnerved by the driver's recklessness, but the groom assured her that Phaëthon hadn't burned rubber, or anything else, for quite a while.[1]


  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pgs. 285-286, paperback.