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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The tragic myth of the Sun God's son

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Years ago, he fell in love with a water nmpyh nemad Clymene. Together, they had seven dtugahres and one son named Phaethon. But hleios had a wandering eye. Clymene eventually left him, taking their children with her and marrying King Merops of etohiipa. When Phaethon was little, Clymene told him tales of his divine father. As he grew into a young man, he took a saipecl pride in kninowg he was the Sun God’s child. However, one day, Epaphus, Phaethon’s peer who was himself the son of Zeus, sought to tpeemr Phaethon’s arrogance, taunting that Helios wasn’t his father after all. With no absolute proof to the ctraorny, the possibility bore into Phaethon’s mind. He feared that his mother had lied. And who was he if not Helios’ son? When Phaethon confronted Clymene, she insisted that his father was the powerful Sun God. Nevertheless, Phaethon was seized by doubt. So, clneyme sent him off to ask Helios directly.

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Years ago, he fell in love with a water _____ _____ Clymene. Together, they had seven _________ and one son named Phaethon. But ______ had a wandering eye. Clymene eventually left him, taking their children with her and marrying King Merops of ________. When Phaethon was little, Clymene told him tales of his divine father. As he grew into a young man, he took a _______ pride in _______ he was the Sun God’s child. However, one day, Epaphus, Phaethon’s peer who was himself the son of Zeus, sought to ______ Phaethon’s arrogance, taunting that Helios wasn’t his father after all. With no absolute proof to the ________, the possibility bore into Phaethon’s mind. He feared that his mother had lied. And who was he if not Helios’ son? When Phaethon confronted Clymene, she insisted that his father was the powerful Sun God. Nevertheless, Phaethon was seized by doubt. So, _______ sent him off to ask Helios directly.

Solution

  1. named
  2. helios
  3. special
  4. ethiopia
  5. daughters
  6. knowing
  7. contrary
  8. temper
  9. clymene
  10. nymph

Original Text

Years ago, he fell in love with a water nymph named Clymene. Together, they had seven daughters and one son named Phaethon. But Helios had a wandering eye. Clymene eventually left him, taking their children with her and marrying King Merops of Ethiopia. When Phaethon was little, Clymene told him tales of his divine father. As he grew into a young man, he took a special pride in knowing he was the Sun God’s child. However, one day, Epaphus, Phaethon’s peer who was himself the son of Zeus, sought to temper Phaethon’s arrogance, taunting that Helios wasn’t his father after all. With no absolute proof to the contrary, the possibility bore into Phaethon’s mind. He feared that his mother had lied. And who was he if not Helios’ son? When Phaethon confronted Clymene, she insisted that his father was the powerful Sun God. Nevertheless, Phaethon was seized by doubt. So, Clymene sent him off to ask Helios directly.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
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Important Words

  1. absolute
  2. arrogance
  3. bore
  4. child
  5. children
  6. clymene
  7. confronted
  8. contrary
  9. daughters
  10. day
  11. divine
  12. doubt
  13. epaphus
  14. ethiopia
  15. eventually
  16. eye
  17. father
  18. feared
  19. fell
  20. god
  21. grew
  22. helios
  23. insisted
  24. king
  25. knowing
  26. left
  27. lied
  28. love
  29. man
  30. marrying
  31. merops
  32. mind
  33. mother
  34. named
  35. nymph
  36. peer
  37. phaethon
  38. possibility
  39. powerful
  40. pride
  41. proof
  42. seized
  43. son
  44. sought
  45. special
  46. sun
  47. tales
  48. taunting
  49. temper
  50. told
  51. wandering
  52. water
  53. years
  54. young
  55. zeus