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Facts about the Hephaestus of ancient Greece

The best preserved Doric style temple in Greece is the Temple of Hephaestus. It’s called Hephaisteion, located near the Acropolis in Athens, and it stands almost as it was originally built. Until the 19th century it was used as a Greek Orthodox church, which helped to preserve and maintain it. This temple was also known as the Theseion.

Who was Hephaestus?

Here’s a quick look at Hephaestus, who is often overshadowed by his famous wife, Aphrodite.

Appearance : He is a dark-haired man who has difficulty walking due to malformed feet. Some accounts make him small in stature; This may be associated with the hunched appearance of the miners.

Symbol or attribute: His symbol includes the forge and fire.

Strengths: Hephaestus is creative, cunning, and a capable metalworker.

Weaknesses: He cannot handle his liquor. He is also cunning, volatile, and vindictive.

Parents: Hephaestus is said to have Zeus and Hera as parents; some say Hera bores him without the help of a parent. Hera is also said to have thrown him into the sea where he was rescued by the sea goddess Thetis and her sisters.

Spouse: the blacksmith god married well since his wife is Aphrodite. Other tales give him as a wife the youngest of the Graces, Aglaia.

Children: Hephaestus created Pandora from the famous box; Some tales have him as the father of Eros, although most attribute this god of love to the union of Ares and Aphrodite. Some divine genealogies have him as the father or grandfather of Rhadamanthys, who ruled at Phaistos on the island of Crete, although Rhadamanthys is generally considered the son of Europa and Zeus.

Main temple sites

One of the main places of the temple is the Hephaisteion, which is near the Acropolis in Athens. Built in 449 BC. C., It is the best preserved Doric style temple in Greece. Hephaestus was also associated with the islands of Naxos and Lemnos, another volcanic island. An area on one of the new volcanic islands in Santorini’s caldera is named Ifestos after him. The ancient Minoan city of Phaistos may also be related to him.

Basic history

Feeling rejected by his mother Hera, Hephaestus made a beautiful throne for her and sent it to Olympus. He sat down and found that he could not get up again. Then the chair levitated. The other Olympian gods tried to reason with Hephaestus, but even Ares was driven off with their flames. Finally, Dionysus gave him wine and took him to Olympus drunk. Drunk or not, he still refused to release Hera unless he could have Aphrodite or Athena as his wife. He ended up with Aphrodite, who in this case was not a fast learner.

When she slept with her brother Ares on the bed that Hephaestus had made, chains emerged and they were unable to get out of bed. This exposed them to the laughter of the rest of the Olympians when Hephaestus gathered them all together to witness his adulterous wife and brother.

The reason Hephaestus limps or has malformed feet is because his mother, Hera, was so disgusted with him after giving birth that she threw him to the ground and was injured in the fall. With this backstory, her “gift” of the throne she couldn’t escape from is a little more understandable.

Interesting data

Hephaestus could sometimes be called Daidalos or Daedalus, connecting him to the famous Cretan craftsman who was the first to fly with artificial wings.

In Roman mythology, Hephaestus is similar to the god Vulcan, who was another master of the forge and metalwork.

Alternative Spelling: Other ways to spell Hephaestus include Hephaistos, Ifestos, Iphestos, Ifestion, and other variants.

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