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Olympian Gods » Hephaestus, the God of Fire and Metallurgy

Hephaestus's representation Hephaestus was the Greek God of Metallurgy and the Smith of the Olympian Gods.

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Family of Hephaestus

Parents: Hephaestus was a son of Zeus, the King of the Gods, and Hera, the goddess of marriage, although it was considered by some that he was conceived prenuptially.
Siblings: Eilithyia, the goddess of childbirth, Hebe, the goddess of youth and Ares, the Olympian god of War.
Wife: Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

The Disability of Hephaestus

Hephaestus was a very kind and loveable god, but was the only deity who was physically ugly and lame. When his mother Hera saw him for the first time, she was so frustrated that she took her son and threw him from Mount Olympus to the depths of the seas, causing a deformation to his leg. Hephaestus was finally rescued by two Nereids, Thetis and Eurynome, who raised him for nine years inside a cave, far away and hidden from his cruel mother.

The Workshop of Hephaestus

Hephaestus had his working lay beneath the crater of the volcano of Aetna in Italy. There, he was working together closely with the one-eyed Cyclopes to create strong thunderbolts for his master Zeus. Hephaestus was also famous for having created the first woman of the ancient world, Pandora.

Appearance of Hephaestus

Usually, Hephaestus is depicted wearing a short tunic which was typical for craftsmen, and holding a double ax or blacksmith's pincers. Because of his disability Hephaestus leaned on a walking stick.

Symbols of Hephaestus

The symbols of Hephaestus were the fire, the axe, the pincers and the hammer.



The Roman name of Hephaestus is "Vulcan"

Myths and Fables about Hephaestus

Hephaestus and the Creation of the Robots
Hephaestus and the Creation of the Robots
Hephaestus and the Price of Infidelity
Hephaestus and the Price of Infidelity
The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera
The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera

Places of Worship related to Hephaestus

Places of worship of Hephaestus-Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Hephaestus in Ancient Athens, Greece

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Polytechnes ("of many arts/skills")