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Vulcan (mythology)
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Vulcan (mythology)

Topics in Roman mythology
Important Gods:
Jupiter *Mars *Quirinus *Vesta *Juno *Fortuna *Minerva *Mercury *Vulcan *Ceres *Venus *Lares
Legendary History:
*Aeneas *Romulus *Numa *Early Kings
Roman religion
*The Flamens
Greek/Roman myth compared
Vulcan in Roman Mythology is the son of Jupiter and Juno, and husband of Maia and Venus. He was god of fire and volcanoes, and the manufacturer of art, arms, Iron, and armor for gods and heroes.

His smithy was believed to be situated underneath Mount Aetna in Sicily. At the Vulcanalia festival, which was held on August 23, fish and small animals were thrown into a fire.

Vulcan's shrine in the Forum Romanum, called the Volcanal, appears to have played an important role in the civic rituals of the archaic Roman Kingdom.

Vulcan's analogue in Greek mythology is the god Hephaestus, which see for more details.