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History of iron and blacksmithing – from iron to steel

By |2018-04-07T17:04:34+00:00September 7th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

History of iron: a Greek black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Why do people use iron? The history of iron doesn't start until much later than bronze. Iron is harder to form into metal than copper or bronze, because it needs a much hotter fire and a more complicated process. But if [...]

Who is Hephaistos? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-04-23T08:41:53+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Hephaistos' forge is a volcano. Hephaistos (heh-FAIS-toss) is the blacksmith god, the god of volcanoes and hot fires and smelting metal ore to make iron. People said he lived inside volcanoes, and when they erupted it was because Hephaistos was moving around. Hephaistos was Hera's son. He had no father, just as Zeus' daughter Athena had no mother. People said that Zeus (or maybe Hera) [...]