Phaethon and the Sun Chariot in Greek Mythology

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 17 March 2023

The figure of Phaethon in Greek Mythology is best known for his attempt to drive the sun Chariot (the chariot of Helios), which ended up with disastrous results. Phaethon was the son of the titan god of the sun, Helios, and Clymene an ocean nymph. Phaethon, whose name means “shining” or “radiant”, had seven sisters known as the Heliades, daughters of the sun. The story of Phaethon, like many greek myths, does not have a happy ending, and although we know that his story was a popular one for Greek tragedies, with Aeschylus’ The Heliades and Euripides’ Phaethon, neither of these survives and so our most complete version of his tale comes from Ovid, the Roman writer who lived during the appointment and reign of the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Augustus Caesar.

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0:00​ Introduction
0:56 Introduction to the Myth of Phaethon
1:40 Phaethon and the Sun Chariot
7:04 Outro

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2023, March 17). Phaethon and the Sun Chariot in Greek Mythology. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2920/phaethon-and-the-sun-chariot-in-greek-mythology/

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Macquire, Kelly. "Phaethon and the Sun Chariot in Greek Mythology." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 17, 2023. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2920/phaethon-and-the-sun-chariot-in-greek-mythology/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "Phaethon and the Sun Chariot in Greek Mythology." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 17 Mar 2023. Web. 02 Mar 2024.

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