Name: Hephaestus

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    (heh FYE stuss)
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    Hephaestus is the Latinised form of Hephaistos, who in Greek mythology was the god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen and fire. The meaning of his name is uncertain. One theory is that it comes from the phrase 'hemero-phaistos', meaning 'he who shines by day' (that is, the sun). In Athens he shared temples with Athena, who as a moon goddess 'shone by night', and who was also the patroness of worksmiths.

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