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 (hĭ-fĕs′təs, -fē′stəs)
n. Greek Mythology
The god of fire and metalworking.


(hɪˈfiːstəs) or


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the lame god of fire and metal-working. Roman counterpart: Vulcan


(hɪˈfɛs təs)

the ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking, and handicrafts, identified by the Romans with Vulcan.
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Noun1.Hephaestus - (Greek mythology) the lame god of fire and metalworking in ancient mythologyHephaestus - (Greek mythology) the lame god of fire and metalworking in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Vulcan
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References in classic literature ?
But the narrative of Hephaestus binding Here his mother, or how on another occasion Zeus sent him flying for taking her part when she was being beaten, and all the battles of the gods in Homer--these tales must not be admitted into our State, whether they are supposed to have an allegorical meaning or not.
And he bade famous Hephaestus make haste and mix earth with water and to put in it the voice and strength of human kind, and fashion a sweet, lovely maiden-shape, like to the immortal goddesses in face; and Athene to teach her needlework and the weaving of the varied web; and golden Aphrodite to shed grace upon her head and cruel longing and cares that weary the limbs.
For if every instrument could accomplish its own work, obeying or anticipating the will of others, like the statues of Daedalus, or the tripods of Hephaestus, which, says the poet, of their own accord entered the assembly of the Gods; if, in like manner, the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them, chief workmen would not want servants, nor masters slaves.
If the list of names and festivities attributed to Hephaestus by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans contains "uno schietto senso dopolavoristico" (241), Gadda proceeds to offer, in turn, a list of authors in whose works a great value is given to work itself.
Specifically, the Hephaestus project focuses on highly risked and critical construction tasks such as prefab wall installation.
Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda, Poseidon's son and the fallen god Hephaestus, Perseus embarks on a quest into the underworld to rescue his father, overthrow the Titans and save mankind (2012)
us a glimpse of Hephaestus at work in his atelier, it is modern and
It looked as if Polyphemus' cave, or the mythical workshop of Hephaestus, Mount Olympus' in-house blacksmith and the ancient Greek god of volcanoes, could be hiding inside it.
Prometheus stole fire from Hephaestus and technology from Athena, but that wasn't enough for mankind to survive.
Add in the Greek myth of Hephaestus (son of Zeus and Hera), a 10-strong musical ensemble - including occasional 'Gary Numan proper' synth, and an almost musical theatre structure to the piece, and it's not your average night at the opera.
The concept of artificial intelligence extends to antiquity, when Hephaestus, the Greek god of craftsmen and artisans, built metal automatons to assist him, or when Aphrodite brought Pygmalion's ivory statue--whom we know today as Galatea--to life.