The son of Phoebus, who undertook to drive the chariot of the
sun, was upset, and caused great mischief; Libya was parched into
barren sands, and all Africa was more or less injured, the inhabitants
blackened, and vegetation nearly destroyed.
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus' mansion; such a waggoner
As Phaeton would whip you to the west,
And bring in cloudy night immediately.
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, iii. 2.
A sort of carriage; so called from the sun-car driven by Phaeton.
The swan. Cyenus was the friend of
Phaeton, and lamented his fate so grievously that Apollo changed her
into a swan, and placed her among the constellations.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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