The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf by AEOSOP
A Shepherd-boy, who watched over a flock of sheep near a village, amused himself three or four times by crying out, “Help! Wolf!”
When his neighbors came to help him, he laughed at them for being so gullible.
However, one day the wolf did come.
The Shepherd-boy, now terrified, shouted: “Please come and help! The Wolf is killing the sheep.” But no one came to help or even paid attention to his cries.
The Wolf, having nothing to fear, took his time destroying the whole flock.
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He was the god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Like other mythic smiths but unlike most other gods, Hephaestus was lame, which gave him a grotesque appearance in Greek eyes. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and he was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly in Athens. The center of his cult was in Lemnos. Hephaestus's symbols are a smith's hammer, an anvil and a pair of tongs, although sometimes he is portrayed holding an axe.
|1 Hephaestus in myth |
|1.1 Parentage |
|1.2 Fall from Olympus |
|1.3 Volcano god |
|1.4 The craft of Hephaestus |
|1.5 Return of Hephaestus |
|1.6 Hephaestus and Aphrodite |
|1.7 Consorts and children |
|2 Epithets |
|3 Symbolism and possible inspiration |
|4 Minor planet |
|5 In popular culture |
|6 Notes |
|7 External links |
[pic] Hephaestus in myth
In one tradition clearly attested in Homer's Odyssey and perhaps also in the Iliad, Hephaestus was born of the union of Zeus and Hera. In another tradition, which was only unambiguously recorded in late texts, but which may be an archaic survival of an autonomous Hera, she bore Hephaestus parthenogenetically; she is given the motivation in Hesiod's Zeus-centered cosmology that she was engaged in a competitive quarrel with Zeus for his "birthing" of Athena, but Attic vase-painters illustrated the mainstream tradition that Hephaestus was already present at the birth of Athena, seen to be wielding the hammer with which he had split Zeus' head to free her.
 Fall from Olympus
Hera threw Hephaestus out of heaven in disgust because he was lame; alternatively, he was rendered lame by the fall. In the Homeric account, he then fell nine days and nights and landed in the ocean, where he was brought up by the Oceanids Thetis (mother of Achilles) and Eurynome.
Another explanation states that he was flung by...