The Golden Throne


The Golden Throne
Menelaos Stephanides – Yannis Stephanides, Athena, Yunani
Vol. 5, Olympus Goddes
1989

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After Hera became Zeus’ wife, she bore Hefestus. Hefestus is not as normal as the common child. He is not handsome and he is crippled. Unfortunatelly their tradition did not let special child –like Hefestus- live there. So they threw Hefestus away to the deep Kaiadas canyon at Taigetus slope. They did this because they believed that the country needs strong and perfect people to stand for them.

Tetis and Eurinome were two sea goddes who found Hefestus. They helped him and rose him untul he is mature enough. He became a strong and creative steelmaker. Everybody under the sea liked him. One day, he gave a jewelry from his own workshop to Tetis and Eurinome as a gift. The jewelry was so beautiful that Hera loves it from the first view.

When Hera recognized that the jewelry maker was her own son. She was curious yet doubt about meeting him. Finally Hefestus made her for a gift a golden magnificent throne which no one could create it just like him. It is magnificent because Hefestus had added the throne with unbroken invisible chain and he was the one who could see the chain. The chain finally trapped her. Hera was really really upset.

Zeus asked Hermes to recall Hefestus. He would ask Hefestus to release Hera. Hefestus rejected the “invitation”. The next was Ares. Ares tried to persuade Hefestus, but He failed. The last effort was Dionisius. He made Hefestus drank and he made it. He brought Hefestus to Olympus. Hefestus was so drunk that he finally released her mother. Hera become so touched and then she hugged him. They finally loved each other. No more revenge. No more trick.

This story is a myth story which we –at least me- always hear it passing by but never know the real history. Children would never had a problem reading it. Hefestus is described as a loyal creative strong person. He is not arrogant and he knows how to appreciate someone who had been very kind to him. He gives a lesson but not placing someone in a harm. The story also include many ilustration pictures to describe the situation. Even someone who do not really love history like me can stand for a couple of minutes to read it.

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