Parents: Hephaestus was a son of Zeus, King of the Gods, and Hera, goddess of marriage, goddess of marriage, though some held that he was conceived premaritally.
Siblings: Eilithyia, the goddess of childbirth, Hebe, the goddess of youth and Ares, the Olympian god of War.
Wife: Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
Hephaestus was a very kind and lovable god, but he was the only deity who was physically ugly and lame. When his mother Hera first saw him, she was so frustrated that she took her son and threw him from Mount Olympus into the depths of the seas, causing his leg to deform. Hephaestus was eventually rescued by two Nereids, Thetis and Eurynome, who raised him for nine years in a cave, far away and hidden from his cruel mother.
Hephaestus had his base of operations under the crater of the volcano Aetna in Italy. There he worked closely with the one-eyed Cyclopes to create powerful thunderbolts for his lord Zeus. Hephaestus was also famous for creating the first woman of the ancient world, Pandora. Pandora.
Usually depicted in a short tunic, which was typical of craftsmen, Hephaestus holds a double axe or blacksmith's tongs. Because of his disability, Hephaestus leaned on a walking stick.
The symbols of Hephaestus were the fire, the axe, the tongs and the hammer.
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