Phaethon is the son of Phoebus Apollo, the Sun-God. Irked by the scepticism of society, he asks his mother, Clymene, for proof, and is sent by her to Phoebus himself. Delighted with his son, the God promises him anything he asks for. Phaethon asks to drive the chariot of the Sun. Horrified, Phoebus asks him to reconsider, as that is a hard enough job even for a God, but he cannot refuse as he has sworn an unbreakable oath. Phaethon insists, and, as this extract opens, prepares to begin his drive, which is one of Ovid’s great tours-de-force and at first takes Phaethon high into the region of the stars and constellations. To be continued …
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