Pandora’s stories: Hephaestus

Hephaestus gives Thetis armour for Achilles

Hephaestus gives Thetis armour for Achilles

Hephaestus the blacksmith god is son of Zeus and Hera. He built automatons of metal to work for him, and created many wonders including Hermes’ winged helmet and sandals and Achilles’ armour. He may have been born lame, or he may have become lame after being thrown from Olympus after an argument with his father Zeus. He was married to Aphrodite, more in an attempt by Zeus to control her than as a reward. Sometimes he was mocked by other gods, as Homer tells us:

Then he served wine to all the other gods, starting on the left, pouring sweet nectar from the mixing-bowl. And immortal laughter rose from the bliss-filled gods, as they watched Hephaestus bustling about the hall.

Despite his poor treatment, Hephaestus is one of the most even-tempered and far-sighted gods.

Future generations will marvel at his temple in Athens, near the agora, called the Hephaesteum though some misname it the Theseum. As you would expect, it is especially well built.

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