Tragic Hephaestus: The humanized God in the Iliad and the Odyssey

Yoav Rinon*

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The essay demonstrates the exceptional status of Hephaestus among the Olympian gods in the Iliad and the Odyssey. As a figure hovering between the human and the divine, Hephaestus serves as an emblem of tragic perception in both epics; maimed, maltreated, and twice rejected by and ejected from the divine abode, Hephaestus in lot and status is affiliated with the human beings whose agonizing situation he so skilfully depicts in his most wonderful artifact, the shield of Achilles.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-20+188
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2006


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