Phaethon and the Chariot

“Here Phaethon lies who in the sun god’s chariot fared. And though greatly he failed, more greatly he dared.”

In this episode we read and discuss the ancient story of Phaethon, son of Helios, whose tragic riding of the sun god’s chariot mirrors the extremes of modern ecological exploitation. We answer the question of whether this story is a prophetic early example of climate fiction, as well as cast its characters to modern day equivalents.

We love finding the relevance of ancient mythology to current environmental issues, and the story of Phaethon exceeded our expectations in terms of its metaphorical depth. Enjoy!

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