Phaethon was a name given to different figures in greek mythology, but the best known was the son of the oceanid nymph clymene and either the god apollo or helios both of those gods were associated with the sun some sources attribute different characters as his parents.
Phaethon, (greek: “shining” or “radiant”) in greek mythology, the son of helios, the sun god, and a woman or nymph variously identified as clymene, prote, or rhode. Helios in mythology in greek mythology, helios is the offspring of the titans hyperion and theia his sisters were selene (the moon) and eos (dawn) hesiod informs us in his theogony that with perseis, daughter of ocean, he had two children, circe and king aietes, who ruled at kolchis later, apollodorus adds pasiphae too.
Helios thought his son was the brightest and bravest kid in the world he named his son phaethon, because phaethon meant brilliant in the ancient greek language phaethon was equally proud of his dad. Helios was the son of the titan god of light, hyperion, and his wife, theia, the goddess of sight, and thus, helios was brother to eos (dawn) and selene (moon) born in the golden age of greek mythology, helios would become the sun god, with responsibility for bringing light to the world.
In greek mythology, phaethon (/ ˈ f eɪ ə θ ən / ancient greek: φαέθων, phaéthōn, pronounced [pʰaétʰɔːn]), was the son of the oceanid clymene and the solar deity helios.