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Phillip McCaffrey was a botanist and the father of Meg McCaffrey. He was killed on the orders of Nero.


Early Life

Meg McCaffrey, his daughter.

At one point Phillip McCaffrey met and had a relationship with Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest and agriculture and had a daughter with her. He loved and cared for Meg greatly.

Throughout Meg's childhood, up until she was five, her and her father lived in Aeithales in Palm Springs, California. Aeithales was the place that he did all his research which eventually led him to discovering the seven seeds that would eventually grow into the seven primordial dryads, the Meliai. Dr. McCaffery told Meg about the importance of the seeds and made her promise that they must be planted in Aeithales one day. 

Fleeing Aeithales

Before he and Meg had the chance to plant the seeds, Caligula managed to put Dr. McCaffery under heavy debts through the use of his enormous amounts of assets, eventually driving him bankrupt and forcing him out of Aeithales. Caligula burned down Aeithales, with it, Dr. McCaffery's work that spanned centuries, even thousands of years. However, the seven seeds were saved by a cactus named Hercules and hidden.


About one year after Aeithales burning, he was killed by Nero to ensure his daughter's loyalty to Triumvirate Holdings. His body was discovered on the steps of the New York Public Library in Midtown, with large gashes across his stomach.

The Trials of Apollo

The Hidden Oracle

Phillip is mentioned when Meg tells Apollo that he was killed by the Beast.

The Dark Prophecy

While in Trophonius' cave, Meg sang of her sorrows and her earliest middle-aged happy times with him, as well as his death.

The Burning Maze

When Meg arrived at Aeithales, she was drowned in sorrow over the burning of her father's best work. She shows Apollo her memories of living in Aeithles and fleeting east when it caught on fire.

Later, she realized that she must fulfill her promise to her father by planting the seven seeds that had survived the fire, due to Hercules, the saguaro plant, burying them and hiding them for Meg. She manages to plant the seeds, eventually producing the seven primordial dryads, originally born when the blood of murdered Ouranos fell upon the soil of Gaea.

The Tyrant's Tomb

Phillip is seen in a memory Meg shows Harpocrates.

The Tower of Nero

Phillip is mentioned when his daughter finally calls Nero out for the sociopath he is.

Physical Appearance

Mr. McCaffrey was a middle aged man with dark curly hair and green eyes. He is also described as having a broad freckled nose and kind eyes.


Mr. McCaffrey was a kind man who cared for his family.

The Trials of Apollo
Core Series: The Hidden Oracle | The Dark Prophecy | The Burning Maze | The Tyrant's Tomb | The Tower of Nero
Main Characters: Apollo/Lester Papadopolous | Meg McCaffrey | Peaches | Leo Valdez | Calypso | Grover Underwood | Piper McLean | Jason Grace | Reyna Ramírez-Arellano | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Nico di Angelo | Will Solace | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Secondary Characters: Percy Jackson | Chiron | Austin Lake | Kayla Knowles | Hemithea | Josephine | Georgina | Lityerses | Trophonius | Gleeson Hedge | Mellie | Chuck Hedge | Medea | Jason Grace | Herophile | Crest | Lavinia Asimov | Don | Tyson | Ella | Tarquin | Luguselwa | Claudia | Janice | Blaise
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Minor Gods: Nero | Commodus | Caligula | Iris | Britomartis | Styx | Terminus | Lupa | Terpsichore | Harpocrates | Cardea
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