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The Myth of Hephaestus
Transcript of The Myth of Hephaestus
Hephaestus is the god of fire and the blacksmith of all the gods
He is connected with metals and metal working
His workshops were volcanoes and the cyclops was his assistant
He constructed the first woman, Pandora, made out of clay
He also made the chains Zeus used to punish Prometheus and Achilles’ armor that he used in the Trojan war
The main character in the myth (fully introduced in next slide)
Queen of the gods Protector of Marriage
god of wine and festivity
The moral of this story is that Just because you have a birth defect or don’t look like someone else doesn’t mean you are useless and unwanted
The effect will be positive on society as it teaches equality, that even the disabled play an important role in society, and not to judge for whats on the outside.
"Hephaestus." Hephaestus. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013.
Barnett, Mary, and Michael Dixon. Gods and Myths of Ancient Greece. New York, NY: SMITHMARK, 1996. Print
Known as the lame god, Hephaestus was born weak and crippled
Hera was so displeased by her son that she threw him off Mount Olympus. After a whole day, he lands in the ocean, where Nymphs rescued him and took him to Lemnos
the people of Lemnos cared for him (other versions say that Zeus threw him from Mount Olympus after Hephaestus had sided with his mother in an argument. This legend says that Hephaestus fell for nine days and nine nights, and he landed on the island of Lemnos, where he built his palace and his forges under a volcano.)
To gain revenge for his rejection by Hera, Hephaestus constricted a magic throne, which was presented to her on Mount Olympus.
When Hera sat on the throne, it trapped her, making her a prisoner
The gods could not free her, so Dionysus was sent to get Hephaestus drunk enough so that he could release her.
Hephaestus released Hera