|Hephaestus in his workshop|
In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was Greek god of fire, metal working, stone-masonry, and art of sculpture. He was the patron of smiths and craftsman and was often depicted working at his forge. Volcanoes were believed to be the fires of his workshops. Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera. Other version state that he had no father and that Hera gave birth to him independent of Zeus, as she was jealous of Zeus having given birth to Athena independent of her. This, however is opposed to the common story, that Hephaestus split the head of Zeus, and thus assisted him in giving birth to Athena, as Hephaestus is there represented as older than Athena.
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