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Jean Brusselmans, The Fall of Phaeton (La chute de Phaéton), 1933, oil on canvas, 147 x 147 cm, Groenige Museum, Bruges

Phaethon was a mischevious youth who wanted to drive the sun chariot.  Though not allowed, he steals it anyway, and is unable to drive it properly.  He flies too close to the Earth and sets it on fire.  To prevent further destruction, he is struck down by one of Zeus/Jupiter's lightning bolts.  

Phaethon's parentage varies in different myths and tellings.  His father is typically given as Sol (a Roman sun god) or Apollo, though sometimes he is referred to as the son of Eos/Aurora.