Vulcan is the Roman god of fire, especially destructive fire, and craftsmanship.
He is the patron of metalwork and crafts.
The tales about Vulcan, who is sometimes called Mulciber (the smelter), are similar to the Greek folktales about Hephaestus.
Vulcan's forge is located beneath Mount Etna.
It is here that he, together with his helpers, forges weapons for gods and heroes.
Vulcan is offspring of Jupiter and Juno, and is considered to be one of the twelve Olympians...
The first abode of Vulcan on earth was in the isle of Lemnos.
There he set up his forges, and taught men the malleability and polishing of metals.
Thence he removed to the Liparean islands, near Sicily, where, with the assistance of the Cyclops, he made Jupiter fresh thunder-bolts as the old ones decayed.
He also wrought an helmet for Pluto, which rendered him invisible; and a trident for Neptune, which shook both land and sea...
However disagreeable the person of Vulcan might be, he was susceptible notwithstanding of love.
His first passion was for Minerva, having Jupiter's consent to address her; but his courtship, in this instance, failed of success, not only on account of his person, but also because the goddess had vowed perpetual virginity....
He afterwards became the husband of Aphrodite....
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