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The Gods of Ancient GreeceIdentities and Transformations$
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Jan Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637980

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.001.0001

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Hephaistos Sweats or How to Construct an Ambivalent God

Hephaistos Sweats or How to Construct an Ambivalent God

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(p.193) 10 Hephaistos Sweats or How to Construct an Ambivalent God
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The Gods of Ancient Greece
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Jan N. Bremmer

Andrew Erskine

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0011

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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