Hephaestus was a god of the Greek mythology, almost corresponding to the Roman Vulcan. He was the god of fire, and the patron of those who worked in iron and other metals. The son of Zeus by Hera, he was thrown from heaven by his mother on account of his deformities. He was restored, and a second time thrown out by Zeus, and upon this occasion he fell into the isle of Lemnos, breaking his leg in his fall. Here he built a palace and established forges, and he had also forges under Mtna, where, with the aid of the Cyclopes, he forged the thunderbolts of Zeus and the arms of the gods. He it was who created Pandora.
His wife was Aphrodite, and her amours caused Hephaestus much annoyance, and on one occasion he caught her and her lover and exposed them to the view of the assembled gods. His portraits generally represent him as lame, and with some accompaniment having reference to his connection with metal-working.