In Roman mythology, Vulcan was the god of fire including metalworking and the forge.

His counterpart in the Greek mytology was Hephaestus.

Vulcan was the son of Juno and Jupiter, the ruling couple of the Roman pantheon. Vulcan married Venus, the goddess of love.

From metallurgy and smithing to arms and jewelry making, Vulcan was a master of the forge. He was believed to have created the strongest and most sophisticated items of ancient lore, including Jupiter’s lightning bolts and Mercury’s winged helm.

Vulcan’s deformed leg made him something of a pariah amongst the gods. It was this imperfection that compelled Vulcan to seek perfection in his craft.

(* Vulcan painting by Johann Michael Rottmayr 1656-1730)