Horses of Helios the Sun God

The Sun Horses

Helios was the Greek Sun God and his job was to drove the sun from east to west in the sky on his four-horse chariot. Helios is closely identified with the mythology of Apollo.

Helios at Night

After sun set, Helios allowed his tired horses to graze in their western home.

Late in the night he would board a golden barge made to transport his chariot & animals. This barge sailed them along the stream Oceanus (which was said to flow around the world) back to his palace in the east.

Helios had a Sun Stable where he kept his horses along with other flying horses of Greek mythology including Pegasus & Apollo’s horses.

Helios the Sun God

The Chosen Few

These horses were the favorite of Helios and most often used to pull his sun chariot.

  • Phlegon
  • Aeos
  • Aethon
  • Pyrios

Sun Stable Residents

Helios did choose different horses from time to time & had a large stable of animals to choose from. Here is a list of some of those animals.

  • Lampos – Used by Apollo
  • Actaeon – Used by Apollo
  • Chronos
  • Asterope
  • Bronte
  • Erytheros
  • Pegasus
  • Phaeton

Phaeton’s Story

Phaeton was the son of Helios and an Ethiopian princess and unfortunately one day curiosity got the better of him. He tracked his father down in the east and went to meet him & during this meeting he convinced his father to let him try driving the sun chariot across the sky.

The Fall of Phaeton

Sadly he didn’t quite have his father’s way with horses and was unable to control them. The fiery chariot flailed and started charging dangerously towards earth.

This immediate danger prompted Zeus to action & he intervened to save the planet by shooting Phaeton with a thunder bolt. The chariot broke to bits, the scared horses ran home and poor Phaeton fell to the earth in flames.

So Many Mythological Horses

As I started doing my research I realized that horses were a popular subject in mythology from all region of the world. I’ll continue bringing them to you, but for now why not meet some more?

Centaur | Hippocampus | Unicorn | Kelpie | Tikbalang |Pegasus

6 Comments on “Horses of Helios the Sun God

  1. Greekgeek

    I really liked this page, it was very informative. I love Greek mythology and anything to do with it.Thanks for this info!

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