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.
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.
According to Homer, who 'ring-composed' his poetic description around the motif, this is the space where Hephaestus
set 'the great might of the river Ocean, around the outermost rim of the well-made shield'.
The reader immediately thinks of the blacksmith Hephaestus
, who was portrayed on vases or other objets d'art.
Daedalus used to install voice in his statues, and Hephaestus
created automata for his workshop.
And they could soon escape Tartarus, a dungeon prison designed by fallen god Hephaestus
(an excellent Bill Nighy).
Consequently, the imprisoned Titans led by the gods' banished father Kronos are gaining in strength and will soon escape the cavernous dungeon prison of Tartarus designed by fallen god Hephaestus
The connexion to the divine is further established at 61b11-c2, when Socrates prays to Hephaestus
, Dionysus, or whichever god presides over mixtures, for assistance in mixing together the good life.
After Prometheus stole tire and returned it to mortals, Zeus ordered Hephaestus
to create the first woman.
Her image, a profoundly patriarchal one, evokes the power of Vulcan over his wife Venus, who as Aphrodite in The Odyssey is ensnared by a net crafted by her husband Hephaestus
(Vulcan) to catch her in bed with her lover Ares.
, 2008, the startling image that is the cover of the exhibition catalogue, suggests that the skin has been burned away by death, even as half of the body remains irradiated by light, which lends it a certain ghostly presence but does nothing to distract from the corrosive blur that invades it, death finalized by the black absence that replaces the head.
The simple steel structure of a bridge, familiar to us in every day life, is a clear reminder to us all of the arts of Hephaestus
and the bound-up knowledge of countless generations of smiths and mechanics, metallurgists and chemists, mathematicians and builders, teachers and engineers who toiled for many thousands of years to make possible the riveted steel beams which are the elements of modern structure.