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General Info
Title(s) God of Fire and the Forge
Consort Aphrodite, later Aglaea of the Charities
Parents Zeus and Hera
Sibling(s) Ares, Hebe, Eris and Eileithyia
Roman Equivalent Vulcan

Hephaestus ( Hephaistos) Edit

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is the Greek lame Olympian god of the forge and of fire. He is the son of Hera, who bore him in retaliation for Zeus having bore Athena (though in many traditions, Hephaestus is present at the birth of Athena). Along with Athena, Hephaestus is an important god for city dwellers. He is the protector of smiths; she of weavers. His Roman counterpart is Vulcan. Edit

Hephaestus was so ugly he brought shame to Hera so she threw him off Mount Olympus. Another account states that Hera, being embarrassed that her son was born a cripple, threw Hephaestus off Mount (Other stories say that it was Zeus that threw him after he came to Hera's side in an argument) Olympus, where Thetis and Amphitrite caught him. The seafolk taught him blacksmithing, and he had stayed there until he was the greatest blacksmith. He had made a chair for his mother and asked Hermes to deliver it to her, but it was actually a trap and when she sat down she couldn't move. When he refused to release her, the gods sent Dionysus to intoxicate Hephaestus. Hephaestus, under the influence of Dionysus' potent wine, released his mother.

As the god of fire, he makes all the armor, weapons and furnishings for the gods, working with the Cyclopes in his forges. He created handmaidens out of gold to help him in his forge beneath volcanoes.

In MythologyEdit

In mythology, while Hephaestus was away, Ares sneaked to Aphrodite's chamber and slept with her. Hephaestus, when informed of the ongoing affair by Helios, resolved to catch the lovers in the act. He set up a trap that consisted of a net of very strong, very fine bronze webs, that would shoot out and trap Ares and Aphrodite. When the trap was sprung, Hephaestus invited the Olympians to watch them. The goddesses, wisely did not come, but the gods did. Hephaestus demanded a fine from Ares for sleeping with his wife, and did not let him out until Poseidon, feeling embarrassed about watching all this, said that he would pay the fine. Ares then fled the scene.

Family of HephaestusEdit

Immortal OffspringEdit

With Cabeiro

  • Cadmilus

With Aglaia

  • Eukleia
  • Eutheme
  • Euthenia
  • Philophrosyne

With Aetna

  • the Palici

With Aphrodite

Notable Mortal OffspringEdit

With ?

  • Cecrops
  • Erichthonius

CreationsEdit

Hephaestus created various if not all the divine weapons and items for the gods, with the help of chthonic Cyclopes, which were his assistants in the forge. Among his creations are:

See Also Edit

External Links Edit

CitationsEdit

  • (Hamilton 1998, p. 34-35)

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GalleryEdit

In filmEdit

Mortal Descendants in AthensEdit

Ericthonid Genealogy in Greek mythology
 
 
 
 
 
Hephaestus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ericthonius
 
Praxithea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pandion I
 
Zeuxippe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Echenais
 
Erectheus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cecrops II
 
Telphousa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Metion
 
Iphinome
 
 
Orneus
 
Melaina
 
 
 
Pandion II
 
Pylia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daedalus
 
 
Thronia
 
Peteus
 
Aethra
 
Aegeus
 
 
 
Lycus
 
Ismenis
 
 
Nisos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phrasimede
 
Menestheus
 
 
 
 
 
Theseus
 
Hippolyta
 
 
 
Iobates
 
Metope
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Icarus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Demophon
 
Phyllis
 
 
 
Amphianax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oxyntes
 
Anchiroe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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