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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Demigods and Heros - Achilles - Aegisthus - Agamemnon - Ajax the Locrian - Ajax the Telamonian - Alcestis - Amphiaraos - Amphitrite - Antigone - Atalanta - Belerophon - Cadmus - Clytemnestra - Daedalus - Danae - Dioscuri - Electra - Europa - Eurydice - Ganymede - Hector - Hecuba - Helen - Heracles - Hippolytus - Icarus - Io - Iphigenia - Jason - Leda - Menelaus - Minos - Nestor - Niobe - Odysseus - Oedipus - Orestes - Medea - Orpheus - Paris - Pasiphae - Pelops - Penelope - Perseus - Phaedra - Phaethon - Phrixus - Priam - Telemachus - Theseus - Triptolemus

Phaethon

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The son of Helios and the Oceanid Clymene. When some one had doubted his divine origins, he questioned his mother and when she confirmed that in fact his father was the Sun, she sent Phaethon to seek him out. Phaethon thereupon approached Helios and asked him to prove that he was indeed his offspring. Helios swore as much and that he would do any thing the boy asked to convince him of the fact. Then Phaethon asked his father to permit him to drive the divine chariot one day. Helios was forced to keep his promise and he advised Phaethon to be careful when driving the chariot. Phaethon took the command of the vehicle but the horses soon understood that they were being driven by a fledgling charioteer, so ran out of control close to the earth which was set afire. Faced by this misfortune the goddess Gaea begged Zeus to intervene and in order to avoid universal destruction of the earth Zeus shattered him with lightning to stop the mad rush of the chariot. The body of Phaeton in accordance with the legends fell into the river Eridanus. [p.76]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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