Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece


Greek legendary mortal

Picture of the Greek legendary mortal Phaeton from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Son of the Sun and a terrible driver

He is the secret son of Sun God Helios by Clymene. Phaeton managed to track down his old man and tried to drive his fiery chariot. Unfortunately he had flunked his driving lessons and made a right pig’s ear of it.

There being no traffic cops available to haul him in, Zeus zonked him out of the sky to prevent him scorching the Earth. His sisters the Heliades were devastated — they had been hoping for joyrides all summer.

Phaeton Facts and Figures

Name: Phaeton
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: legendary mortal
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 3253

Phaeton Relationships

Father: Helios
Mother: Clymene

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Article last revised on November 07, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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