Hephaestus – With new intro for 2022


Vulcan. Marble, reception piece for the French...
Hephaestus/Vulcan. Marble, reception piece for the French Royal Academy, 1742 via Wikipedia

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Hephaestus – A Greek god with the Roman counterpart of Vulcan

 

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  1. “…outgrowth of the Roman fire god Vulcan”??

    Hephaistos was certainly sometimes *equated* with Vulcan (at least by the Romans), as He was sometimes equated with the Egyptian Ptah… but hardly an “outgrowth”!

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  2. Thanks for calling me on that. Acc. to the Oxford Classical Dictionary, Third Edition, eds. Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth (2000):

    “He was very early identified with Roman Volcanus (F. Coarelli, Il foro romano: periodo arcaico (1983), 177) and with Etruscan Sethlans (see RELIGION, ETRUSCAN).”

    So I probably read some other account that confused the earliness of their association with the idea that Vulcan came before. Can’t remember, though, where exactly as I started writing this in 1997!

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