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Hephaestus and the Creation of the Robots
Hephaestus, the god of fire, was known as a great smith who created wondrous, magnificent works. Some of these were the golden chariot and the golden cups for the sun-god Helios, a golden shield for the heroes Heracles, Achilles and Diomedes, the scepter and the throne of Zeus, as well as bows for the twin gods Artemis and Apollo.
The Great "Robots" of Hephaestus
Atop Mount Olympus, Hephaestus built a bronze palace for the gods and made golden, robot-like statues to serve him. These statues looked similar to teenagers and had their own voice, power, and thoughts.
In addition, Hephaestus created:
-two mechanical, immortal dogs made of gold and silver to guard the palace of Alcinous,
-automatic tables that obeyed the voices of the gods, who summoned the tables to provide them with food and drink,
-two wild bulls with bronze feet, from whose nostrils came voices and from whose mouths came fire...
-the nimble giant Talos, whom he gave King Minos to guard the island of Crete and oversee the implementation of the laws.