Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἥφαιστος, Latin Vulcanus, Mulciber)

A. Myth

H. is the god of fire and forging, and one of the twelve Olympian deities. He is a son of Zeus and Hera, but his mother rejects him when she discovers his disability (Hom. Il. 18,396–405); H. therefore grows up fostered by Thetis. He takes vengeance on his mother by forging her a golden throne to which he binds her by invisible ties (Paus. 1,20,3; but cf. Hyg. Fab. 166). Only Dionysus succeeds in making him drunk enough to let himself be taken back to Olympus to set Hera free.…

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Neubauer-Petzoldt, Ruth, “Hephaestus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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