Hephaestus

By Whalter Briggs

Parents/Creation

Born lame, Hephaestus was cast from heaven in disgust by his mother, Hera, and again by his father, Zeus, after a family quarrel; he was brought back by Dionysus.

Characteristics/Attributes

Hephaestus was the craftsman; the natural volcanic fires already connected with him were often thought to be his workshops. His cult reached Athens not later than about 600 bc (although it scarcely touched Greece proper) and arrived in Campania not long afterward. In art Hephaestus was generally represented as a middle age, beard grown man, but is seen as a young man with no bears sometimes. He usually wore a short sleeved tunic and a round, close-fitting cap on his long, uncut hair.

Myths Hephaestus is in

The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera

This is a myth about Hephaestus taking revenge on his mother for abandoning him. He created a throne that bound her to it, and the only way he would free her is to get a throne on Olympus.

The Great "Robots" of Hephaestus

Hephaestus made these robots for the Gods and Goddesses on Olympus. They included a table that brought food, and two watch dogs.

Hepaestus involved today

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Citations

"Hephaestus." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2016. Web. 4 May
2016. <http://www.britannica.com/topic/Hephaestus>.
"Hephaestus Myths." GREEK-GODS.INFO. GREEK-GODS.INFO, 2016. Web. 4 May 2016.
<http://www.greek-gods.info/greek-gods/hephaestus/myths/>.