Myth: Hephaestus (Vulcan)
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The Shield of Achilles
Hephaestus builds an elaborate shield for Thetis to bring to her son Achilles because he owes Thetis for saving his life when he fell from Mt. Olympus. The story is told in Book XVIII of the Iliad of Homer.
Mars and Venus Caught in a Net
Hephaestus' wife, Aphrodite, is caught in flagrante delicto.
The only ugly god is lame, but he is also the kindest of the gods and a skilled smith married to Aphrodite.
Carlos Parada's site. Hephaestus might have been upset with his wife's affairs, but he had several children with other mates. Chart shows Cabiro, a Theban woman, bore several children to the smith god. He is also claimed as the father of Roman King Servius Tullius.