Hephaistos (Hephaestus) was the ancient Greek god of fire, metallurgy, and crafts. He was the brilliant blacksmith of the Olympian gods, for whom he fashioned magnificent houses, armour, and ingenious devices. Hephaistos had his workshop beneath volcanos such as Mount Etna on Sicily. The god had a lame foot and so he was unique as the only less-than-perfect god.

More about: Hephaistos


  • 449 BCE
    The Hephaisteion, temple to Athena & Hephaistos, built in Athens.
  • c. 430 BCE
    The temple of Hephaistos is built at Agrigento.