Hephaestus was the blacksmith of the gods. He personifies the fire in the earth that emerges from volcanoes. He is portrayed as being deformed. The son of Zeus and Hera, he was sometimes caught in the middle of their fights. Dionysus was his good friend. To the Romans he was known as Vulcan.

The image on the left is a detail from a Greek postage stamp issued on September 20, 1951 celebrating Greek industrialization and picturing the blacksmith of the gods.

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