Study Guide

Hephaestus (Vulcan) Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

The Iliad by Homer

Hephaestus forges some top-notch armor for the kick-butt hero Achilles in this epic poem.


Dec 20, 2019

Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

The smith god reluctantly chains the Titan Prometheus to a rock in this classic Greek tragedy.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Aeneid by Virgil

In Book 8, the goddess of love uses her feminine wiles to get her husband to forge fabulous armor for her son, Aeneas.


Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. Here you'll find myths about Vulcan (a.k.a. Hephaestus), but be sure to check out Book 4, where Vulcan catches his wife cheating with Mars (Ares).

Dec 20, 2019

Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto

Mars and Venus just can't live down their affair. In this epic poem, the net Vulcan used to catch the lovers is stolen. Unfortunately for the thief, he's caught in the net himself.

Dec 20, 2019


The blacksmith god gets to work in Disney's Fantasia. He's busily making lightning bolts for Zeus to toss at the drunken Dionysus. Watch his scene here.

Dec 20, 1968

Thor #129 – Marvel Comics

The Greek god of fire makes an appearance in this comic book starring the Norse god of thunder. According to these comics, Hephaestus' blacksmith hammer may be the equal of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

Hephaestus is mentioned in places throughout the series, but only puts in an appearance in three books: The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.

Dec 20, 2019

God of War III

Hephaestus is a major character in the third installment of this video game series. The game's antihero, Kratos, kills Hephaestus in the end, though (along with almost all of the other Olympians).

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

Hephaestus and his mechanically-minded kids also show up in Riordan's second Percy Jackson series, especially in the first book, The Lost Hero. His demigod son Leo is one of the stars.

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