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Title: the smith god

Greek name: Hephaestus

Relations: Son of Jupiter

English word: volcano

Vulcan Vulcan was the smith of the gods, and made Jupiter's thunderbolts. His smithy was in the volcano Etna, in Sicily, where you can see fire from his forge.

Once, he made Jupiter angry, and Jupiter threw him out of Heaven. Vulcan fell to Earth and broke both legs, which made him lame. This picture from a Greek vase shows him in a sort of winged wheel-chair.

He made women of gold to help him in his smithy - possibly the first robots!

Mount Etna errupting