Hephaestus, the god
Roman name: Vulcan
Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
Hephaestus and Ares were the sons of Hera and Zeus, the king and queen of the gods. Ares was the god of war. He liked to destroy things. Hephaestus was his opposite. He liked to build things.
Zeus made Hephaestus the god of fire and forge. (Somewhere along the way, Hephaestus also became the god of volcanoes.)
It was Hera, queen of the gods, who arranged a marriage between Hephaestus and Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodite was not pleased about it, but what could she do? Hera was even more powerful than she was. Mostly, Aphrodite ignored her husband.
Hephaestus busied himself by becoming the handyman of the gods. He built all the houses on Mount Olympus. When Zeus directed him to do so, he even built a woman out of clay, the lovely Pandora. Some say he created Pandora with characteristics he wished his own wife had - gentleness, kindness, thoughtfulness - all the things his own wife was not.