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13 Facts About Hephaestus
In later accounts, Hephaestus worked with the help of the Cyclopes—among them his assistants in the forge, Brontes, Steropes and Arges.
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Hephaestus gave to the blinded Orion his apprentice Cedalion as a guide.
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Hephaestus made the golden and silver lions and dogs at the entrance of the palace of Alkinoos in such a way that they could bite the invaders.
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Hephaestus fell into the ocean and was raised by Thetis and the Oceanid Eurynome.
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One of the Greek legends is that Hephaestus, when he was born, was thrown down by Hera.
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Hephaestus had almost "no cults except in Athens" and was possibly seen as a more approachable god to the city which shared her namesake.
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Epithets and surnames by which Hephaestus is known by the poets generally allude to his skill in the plastic arts or to his figure or disability.
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Hephaestus was depicted with curved feet, an impairment he had either from birth or as a result of his fall from Olympus.
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In vase paintings, Hephaestus is sometimes shown bent over his anvil, hard at work on a metal creation, and sometimes his feet are curved back-to-front: Hephaistos amphigyeeis.
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In some myths, Hephaestus built himself a "wheeled chair" or chariot with which to move around, thus helping support his mobility while demonstrating his skill to the other gods.
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