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The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera

A Punishment Story

Hephaestus drunk and ascending Mount Olympus supported by a satyr to take revenge on his mother Hera. Red figured pelike, 435-430 B.C., Archaeological Museum of Munich, Germany
In this myth:
hera Hera, the Goddess of Marriage
hephaestus Hephaestus, the God of Fire and Metallurgy
aphrodite Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, Pleasure and Beauty
dionysus Dionysus, the God of Wine and Joy

On his birth, Hephaestus was rejected by his mother Hera because he was lame. When Hephaestus learned about this, he got very angry and promised to take revenge on her. So he decided to create a magic, golden throne and send it to Mount Olympus as a special "gift" to his mother.

When Hera saw the splendid throne, she immediately got enthused over it and, without thinking, she sat on the throne cheerfully. All at once, invisible, unbreakable chains appeared and tied her up rapidly. Hera cried for help and all Olympian gods ran for support, but none of them was capable of relieving her! Soon all gods realized that the only one who could liberate Hera was Hephaestus himself.

So the gods asked from Dionysus, the god of wine, to offer sweet wine to Hephaestus in order to intoxicate him. Dionysus agreed, and this way he managed to bring Hephaestus up to Mount Olympus and free Hera from her burdens.

The gods thanked Hephaestus by giving him Aphrodite, the goddess of love, as his wife and created a marvellous palace for him on Mount Olympus.




Myths and Fables about Hephaestus

Hephaestus and the Creation of the Robots
Hephaestus and the Creation of the Robots
Hephaestus and the Price of Infidelity
Hephaestus and the Price of Infidelity
The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera
The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera

Punishment Stories in Greek Mythology

The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera
The Revenge of Hephaestus on Hera
The Musical Contest between Apollo and Marsyas
The Musical Contest between Apollo and Marsyas
Athena, Arachne and the Weaving Contest
Athena, Arachne and the Weaving Contest
Artemis, Apollo and the Tears of Niobe
Artemis, Apollo and the Tears of Niobe
Artemis and Actaeon
Artemis and Actaeon
Hephaestus and the Price of Infidelity
Hephaestus and the Price of Infidelity
Poseidon, Agaeus and the Fatal Curse
Poseidon, Agaeus and the Fatal Curse
Dionysus' Punishment on Blasphemy
Dionysus' Punishment on Blasphemy
Midas and the Touch of Gold
Midas and the Touch of Gold
Goddess Demeter and the Wrath of Nature
Goddess Demeter and the Wrath of Nature
Athena and the Price of Impiety
Athena and the Price of Impiety