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In Greek mythology, Phaëton or Phaethon ("shining"), was the son of Helios (Phoebus, the "shining one", an epithet later assumed by Apollo), or of Clymenus by Merope or Clymene. Greek mythology comprises the collected legends of Greek gods and goddesses and ancient heroes and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... This article is about Greek mythology. ... Phoebus is the Latin form of Greek Phoibos Shining-one, a by-name used in classical mythology for the god Apollo. ... Linguistics An epithet (Greek epitheton) is a descriptive word or phrase, often metaphoric, that is essentially a reduced or condensed appositive. ... Apollo (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, Clymenus, or Klyménos (notorious) may refer to any number of individuals: Clymenus was the father of Eurydice. ... In Greek mythology, several unrelated women went by the name Merope (bee-mask later reinterpreted as honey-like or eloquent), which may, therefore, have denoted a position in the cult of the Great Mother rather than a mere individuals name. ... In Greek mythology, Clymene or Klymenê (famous might) is the name of at least six possibly distinct females. ...

Alternatively, Eos bore Cephalus a son, named Phaëthon but Aphrodite stole him away while he was no more than a child, to be the night-watchman at her most sacred shrines. The Cretans called him Adymus, by which they meant the morning and evening star (Hesiod, Theogony, 986; Solinus, xi:9; Nonnus, Dionysiaca, xi:131 and xii:217). EOS was an operating system developed by ETA Systems for use in their ETA-10 line of supercomputers in the 1980s. ... In Greek mythology, Cephalus was the son of Hermes and Herse. ... Aphrodite (Ἀφροδῑ´τη, risen from sea-foam) is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. ... Hesiod (Hesiodos) was an early Greek poet and rhapsode, believed to have lived around the year 700 BC. From the 5th century BC literary historians have debated the priority of Hesiod or of Homer. ... Nonnus, Greek epic poet, a native of Panopolis (Akhmim) in the Egyptian Thebaid, probably lived at the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 5th century AD. His principal work is the Dionysiaca, an epic in forty-eight books, the main subject of which is the expedition of...

Phaeton bragged to his friends that his father was the sun-god. His friends refused to believe him and so Phaeton went to his father Helios, who promised him anything he should ask for. Phaeton wanted to drive his chariot (the sun) for a day. Though Helios tried to talk him out of it, Phaeton was adamant. When the day came, Phaeton panicked and lost control of the white horses that drew the chariot. First it veered too high, so that the earth grew chill. Then it dipped too close, and the vegetation dried and burned. He accidentally turned most of Africa into desert; burning the skin of the Ethiopians black. Eventually, Zeus was forced to intervene by striking the runaway chariot with a lightning bolt to stop it, and Phaëthon plunged into the river Eridanus (the Po). His friend, Cycnus, grieved so, that the gods turned him into a swan. His sisters, the Heliades, also grieved and were turned into alder trees, or poplars according to Virgil; their tears became amber. Chariot was the name of a WW2 naval weapon, the British manned torpedo. ... The Sun (occasionally referred to as Sol) is the star at the centre of our solar system. ... World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... A dune in the Egyptian desert Desert in California In geography, a desert is a landscape form or region that receives little precipitation. ... The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (Ityopiya, Amharic ኢትዮጵያ) is a country situated in the Horn of Africa. ... Alternate meanings: See Zeus Web Server Statue of Zeus The Greek sculptor Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall Statue of Zeus in about 435 bc. ... Some of There is a disputed proposal that this article should be merged with Eridanus (mythology) The river Eridanos (or Eridanus) is an imagined river of Greek mythology whose name has been adopted by paleogeographers to describe the real ice age river that ran in the bed of the Baltic... Po redirects here, for alternate uses see Po (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, four people were known as Cycnus or Cygnus. ... In Greek mythology, the Heliades (children of the sun) were the daughters of Helios, the sun god. ... For other uses, see Alder (disambiguation). ... This article is about woody plants of the genus Populus. ... For other uses see Virgil (disambiguation). ... AMBER (an acronym for Assisted Model Building and Energy Refinement) is a force field for molecular dynamics developed by Peter Kollmans group in the University of California, San Francisco. ...

The moral of the tale is a later addition. In earlier, Homeric references, (Iliad xi:735; Odyssey v:479) Phaëthon is simply another name for Helios himself. The substitution of Apollo for Helios as sun god occurred later than this legend.

Fragments of Euripides' tragedy on this subject, Phaethon survive. in reconstructing the lost play and discussing the fragments, James Diggle has discussed the treatment of the Phaeton myth (Diggle 2004). Euripides (c. ...

The motif of the fallen star must have been familiar in Israel, for Isaiah referred to it in admonishing the king of Babylon for his pride (Isaiah 14:12ff). The Jewish Encyclopedia reports that "it is obvious that the prophet in attributing to the Babylonian king boastful pride, followed by a fall, borrowed the idea from a popular legend connected with the morning star". The falling star image reappears in John's Apocalypse without a name. In the 4th century Jerome's translation of the "morning star" as "Lucifer" carried the fallen star myth-element into Christian mythology. For fuller details, see Lucifer. Isaiah or Yeshayáhu (יְשַׁעְיָהוּ Salvation of/is the LORD, Standard Hebrew Yəšaʿyáhu, Tiberian Hebrew Yəšaʿăyāhû) was the son of Amoz, and commonly considered the author of the Book of Isaiah. ... The Book of Revelation or The Apocalypse of John (from apokalypsis / αποκάλυψις, the Greek for revelation), is the last book and the only prophetical book of the New Testament in the Bible. ... Christian mythology is the body of stories that explain or symbolise Christian beliefs. ... This article is about Lucifer the star or fallen angel; for other meanings, see Lucifer (disambiguation). ...

The story is the basis for a tone poem by Camille Saint-Saëns. A symphonic poem or tone poem is a piece of orchestral music in one movement in which some extra-musical programme provides a narrative or illustrative element. ... Charles Camille Saint-Saëns ( IPA: [ʃaʁl. ...

For people and things named after the mythological figure, see Phaeton.

This article is about a system of myths. ... Phaeton may refer to many different things, many of them named after the mythological figure Phaëton: Phaëton in Greek Mythology is the Son of Helios, the Sun God. ...


Robert von Ranke Graves (July 24, 1895–December 7, 1985) was an English scholar, best remembered for his work as a poet and novelist. ...

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