ancient Egyptians might have seemed high-tech indeed. But to the ancient Europeans, especially southern Europeans like the Greeks, Romans, and othercultures in the Mediterranean and nearby regions like Mesopotamia, and of course the Egyptians,even unto India and China, chariots were part and parcel of their transport and means of wagingwar. But chariots that fly, aerial 'chariots', are a whole new ballgame, yet those ancient cultures andmore had aerial 'chariots', often described as 'fiery', contained within their mythologies. Of coursethese winged 'chariots' weren't meant as a public transport network for the great unwashed (like asubway or bus system), rather as limousines reserved for the gods, goddesses and just plaindeities in general. Are they fact or fiction? There's no shortage of 'gods' who make use of aerial transport in the form of 'chariots'. They tendto read like a who's who of deities in mythology. They can be sky gods like Zeus; Thor (of theNorse) is obviously another; Apollo (Greece) ditto that; the Greek Moon goddess Selene (Luna ifyou're Roman) is another as is the Greek goddess of the dawn Eos (the Roman's Aurora). Mostmythological Sun gods are associated with aerial chariots like the Nordic god Sol and the Hindugod Surya, or a solar barge (or boat) as in ancient Egypt. Now you might think it obvious that chariots (or a boat) would be associated with a Sun god or aMoon goddess (or a sky deity in general). Something has got to pull those celestial orbs along(recall this was way before Newton and that falling apple that came down with gravity). But, do yousee a chariot (or a boat) associated or in proximity with the Sun and the Moon? You don't? Wellthe ancients had eyesight equal to us moderns, so no doubt they didn't see any chariotsassociated with the Moon or Sun, any more than you do. So there has to be another explanationfor those 'chariots'. Perhaps one needs to separate the god or goddess or deity from what theyrepresent. Selene may be the goddess of the Moon, but she is not actually the Moon and it's her'chariot' not the Moon's 'chariot' that is an issue here. Translated, the Moon doesn't need transport;the goddess does. Now following the Greek god's War of the Titans, Zeus divided up the cosmos among his clan bytheir drawing of lots for the various portfolios and spoils of war that go to the victors. The GreekSun god Helios, though well respected by Zeus, missed out on the spoils being fully occupied atthe time with solar duties. However, Helios did take a 'shine' to a new piece of real estate thatpopped up in the Aegean Sea, so Zeus gave him title to that. It was called Rhodes and the localslater erected a statue of Helios in his honour - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World -the famed 'Colossus of Rhodes'. Now mortals do not go to that sort of time and trouble, expendvast amounts of money and energy, on constructing gigantic statues of and to imaginary beings.There's no benefit of doing so, either personally or for the community. Conclusion: Helios was real. Now Helios, like nearly the entire ancient Greek pantheon of deities, had his share of offspring.Helios had various offspring-producing lovers like Rhode (the nymph of his island) and Clytie(another nymph) as well as his wife Perse (or Perseis), an Oceanid. [Talk about girls having areally hot time in bed - it doesn't get any hotter than with the Sun god!] Among his kids were Circe(a sorceress) and Pasiphae, Queen of Crete, who had herself an affair with a bull (but that'sanother story). Helios also had a fling with the Oceanid Clymene, resulting in a son Phaeton;setting the stage for the tragedy to follow.