© Andrey Chuntomov
Phaeton, the son of the Sun, is driven to abandon his lover Theona by his ambition for the hand of Libya, daughter of the king of Egypt. On the day of the wedding, Libya's enraged lover Epaphus, himself the son of Jupiter, disputes Phaeton's claim to divine lineage. Desiring to prove himself, Phaeton convinces his father to drive the sun-chariot. During his flight he loses control of the horses; Epaphus entreats his father to put an end to the danger, and Jupiter strikes the chariot down with a thunderbolt. Phaeton falls to his death.