Vulcan (mythology)

Vulcan (mythology)

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Vulcan (Latin: Vulcanus) is the god of both beneficial and hindering fire, including the fire of volcanoes. Vulcan is often depicted with a blacksmith's hammer. The Vulcanalia was the annual festival held August 23 in his honor. His Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery. In Etruscan religion, he is identified with Sethlans.

The god belongs to the most ancient stage of Roman religion: Varro citing the Annales Maximi, recalls that king Titus Tatius had dedicated altars to a series of deities among which Vulcan is mentioned.

Read more about Vulcan (mythology):  Etymology, Worship, Vulcanalia, Theology, Sons of Vulcan, Hypothetical Origins of Vulcan, Greek Myths of Hephaistos, Sanctuaries, Vulcan Outside Rome, Legacy

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