Hephaistos Sweats or How to Construct an Ambivalent God

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670758 | DOI:
Hephaistos Sweats or How to Construct an Ambivalent God

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In the Greek pantheon there was a clear hierarchy. The most important gods were Zeus, Athena and Apollo, whereas other divinities, such as Poseidon, Artemis and Aphrodite, were clearly somewhat less important. This chapter asks how the Greeks actually constructed one of the less important gods, Hephaistos, by looking at such as aspects as his wife, the animal he is associated with, his lameness and his most important place of worship, Lemnos.

Keywords: Hephaistos; Pantheon; Lemnos; Animals; Lameness; Sweating

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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