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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Hephaestus (Greek mythology) the lame god of fire and metalworking in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Vulcan
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Hephaestus In Gr. myth., the god of fire and the metallic arts, son of Zeus and Hera, and one of the great Olympians, identified by the Romans with their Vulcan, who became assimilated to him. He was the creator of all that was beautiful and mechanically wonderful in Olympus. Volcanoes were held to be his smithies, and the Cyclopes were his journeymen. In art he was represented as a bearded man, usually with the short sleeveless or one-sleeved tunic (exomis) and the conical cap, and holding the smith's hammer and tongs.
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In literature:

Then Memnon, the son of Eos, wearing armour made by Hephaestus, comes to help the Trojans, and Thetis tells her son about Memnon.
"Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica" by Homer and Hesiod
But in the end they say he was taken in adultery with Aphrodite by the child Eros and Hephaestus and was bound by them.
"Barlaam and Ioasaph" by St. John of Damascus
And beneath them ran four fountains, ever-flowing, which Hephaestus had delved out.
"The Argonautica" by Apollonius Rhodius
Noble and honour-deserving are they who make as nought the evil deeds of the lame-footed and unpleasing Hephaestus.
"The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E. Nesbit
Be gracious, Hephaestus, and grant me valour and fortune.
"The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological" by Andrew Lang
Truly it was not so utterly wrong, the ancient legend that wedded Hephaestus to Aphrodite.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
The substitution of Hades for Hephaestus is due to the fact that Hades was regarded as the husband of Persephone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Hephaestus, will you please take charge of the candidate?
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
When Hephaestus caught Ares and Aphrodite in his net the gods all enjoyed the joke.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He has mentioned it only twice this morning, and I have set Hephaestus to work to make him another, of yew-tree wood.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
Let Hephaestus mature as he will for the poet: he should only bloom for the painter.
"Art Principles" by Ernest Govett
He was a great charioteer, and wielded the thunderbolt forged for him by Tvashtri, the Indian Hephaestus.
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
The Zibian Aphrodite, and Hephaestus 490 O'erlookt and praised the work.
"The Poetical Works of Robert Bridges" by Robert Bridges
The need of their assistance to the artist is indicated by the union of Hephaestus and Charis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
The temple in which the Apis was kept stands beside the temple of Hephaestus (Ptah).
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)" by Max Duncker
Later legend transferred their abode to Mt Aetna, the Lipari islands or Lemnos, where they assisted Hephaestus at his forge.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
Consider Hephaestus, for example, or Vulcan.
"The English Novel" by Sidney Lanier
The subsequent return of Hephaestus to Olympus is a favourite theme in early art.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
Hephaestus made her heart, fusing for it brass and iron.
"Folle-Farine" by Ouida
A stone statue of the king, adds Herodotus, stood in the temple of Hephaestus, having a mouse in the hand.
"The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)" by George Adam Smith