Monday, January 31, 2011

Phaethon mythology button

This is an old identification, although some feel that the title of Apollo would be just as suitable. Phaethon was the son of Apollo by the nymph Clymene. Tormented by the taint of illegitimacy, Phaethon begged his father to let him drive the sun chariot to prove his paternity. However, the youth could not control the plunging horses and lost control of the chariot, letting it come to close to the earth, so that the green fields were scorched and the forests were set ablaze. Zeus was forced to intervene to save earth from destruction. He hurled his thunderbolt at the boy, Phaethon fell to the ground, and the maddened horses plunged into the sea.
SOLD: This handsome brass button is available in my ecrater button store under the METAL category
@ Pegs Buttons

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