CM: Hephaestus was the great Olympian god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry and the art of sculpture. He was usually depicted as a bearded man holding hammer and tongs (tools of a smith) and riding a donkey. The Olympic hymn to Hephaestus reads as follows: "Praise the renowned inventor Hephaestus, Oh sweet voiced Muse, / who with the blue-eyed Athena / taught brilliant arts to people on earth, who previously / inhabited the mountains like beasts. / And now after having received lessons from the renowned craftsman Hephaestus / easily by the end of the year / they spend their lives undisturbed in their houses. / So Hephaestus be merciful and spread happiness and virtue."