God of the Week: Hephæstus

01/30/2012: Hephæstus

Hephæstus is the ancient Roman god of workmen and smith to the other gods.

Hephæstus [Roman: Vulcan], the son of Zeus and Hera, was the god of fire in its beneficial aspect, and the presiding deity over all workmanship accomplished by means of this useful element. He was universally honoured, not only as the god of all mechanical arts, but also as a house and hearth divinity, who exercised a beneficial influence on civilized society in general. Unlike the other Greek divinities, he was ugly and deformed, being awkward in his movements, and limping in his gait. This latter defect originated, as we have already seen, in the wrath of his father Zeus, who hurled him down from heaven in consequence of his taking the part of Hera, in one of the domestic disagreements, which so frequently arose between this royal pair.

– Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome, E.M. Berens

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