Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Φαέθων/Phaéthōn; Latin Phaethon)

A. Myth

P. (‘The Shining One’), Hesiod tells us, is the son of Eos (the dawn) and Cephalus (Cephalus and Procris; Hes. Theog. 986ff; fr. 381). In astrological accounts, he embodies the morning and evening star (Hyg. Astr. 2,42) or the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga). He is abducted by Aphrodite for his beauty, and is made guardian and priest of one of her Syrian temples. Adonis is one of his offspring. In terms of reception history, these versions of the myth of P. are r…

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Nelting, David and von Ehrlich, Isabel, “Phaethon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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