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Phaethon is the son of Helios, the sun god and the Oceanid nymph Clymene in Greek mythology. One day Phaethon begged his father to allow him to drive his sun chariot for one day. In spite of his reluctance, Helios agreed and Phaethon took control of the reins, however his inexperience lost him control of the chariot, which came so close to the earth that it scorched Africa’s land to desert and burned the faces of its people black. In order to stop him, Zeus struck a thunderbolt at Phaethon, killing him. His sisters, the Heliades, mourned him for months until they were eventually turned into poplar trees. Phaethon comes from Ancient Greek meaning “shining, radiant” derived from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



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  • Phaëton (Ancient Greek)
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