10 Facts About Hephaistos


Hephaistos was cast off Mount Olympus by his mother Hera because of his lameness, the result of a congenital impairment; or in another account, by Zeus for protecting Hera from his advances.

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

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Hephaistos designed Hermes' winged helmet and sandals, the Aegis breastplate, Aphrodite's famed girdle, Agamemnon's staff of office, Achilles' armour, Diomedes' cuirass, Heracles' bronze clappers, Helios' chariot, the shoulder of Pelops, and Eros's bow and arrows.

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Hephaistos gave to the blinded Orion his apprentice Cedalion as a guide.

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Hephaistos 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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Hephaistos fell into the ocean and was raised by Thetis and the Oceanid Eurynome.

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Hephaistos was represented in the temple of Athena Chalcioecus at Sparta, in the act of delivering his mother; on the chest of Cypselus, giving Achilles's armor to Thetis; and at Athens there was the famous statue of Hephaestus by Alcamenes, in which his physical disability was only subtly portrayed.

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Hephaistos 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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Hephaistos 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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Minor planet 2212 Hephaistos discovered in 1978 by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Chernykh was named in Hephaestus' honour.

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