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Unformatted text preview: destruction around the world, “the earth now burst into flames on all of the hills on the mountains, split into huge wide cracks, and dried as it lost all its moisture,” (2.209-211). Unable to have this devastation occur any longer, Zeus strikes down Phaethon with one of his thunderbolts, where he plunges to his death in the Eridanus river. Now when I read this myth, I interpret it using historical allegory. I think that there had once been a massive fire that nature had randomly caused on its own, that scorched much of Earth and its people. Yet, once there was a thunderstorm, the rain put out the fire and Earth slowly regained its luscious landscape. This is where Jupiter comes into play, because the people of Earth would think that it was his lightning that was putting an end to this Phaethon’s ill-fated Lapchak 2 journey....
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- Fall '08
- Classics, Phaethon