Hephaistos at a Glance
name | Hephaistos (HfaistoV
role | god of smiths and metal-workers
symbols | axe
Hephaistos in Greek Mythology
"Hephaistos [Hephaestus], the celestial artist, was the son of Hera
. He was born lame, and his mother was so displeased at the sight of him that she flung him out of Olympus. Other accounts say that Zeus
kicked him out for taking part with his mother in a quarrel which occurred between them. Hephaistos's lameness, according to this account, was the consequence of his fall. He was a whole day falling, and at last alighted in the island of Lemnos, which was thenceforth sacred to him."
from Bulfinch's Mythology
The god Hephaistos was identified with Vulcan in Roman mythology.
Hephaistos in Art History
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