13 Facts About Hephaestus


In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was either the son of Zeus and Hera or he was Hera's parthenogenous child.

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Hephaestus served as the blacksmith of the gods, and was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centres of Greece, particularly Athens.

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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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The Roman mythographer Hyginus records a similar story in which Hephaestus demanded Zeus to let him marry Athena since he was the one who had smashed open Zeus's skull, allowing Athena to be born.

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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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