Vulcan, in Roman mythology, is the son of Jupiter and Juno, and husband of Maia and Venus. He was god of fire and volcanoes, and the manufacturer of art, arms, iron, and armor for gods and heroes. Vulcan's analogue in Greek mythology is the god Hephaestus. He is also called Mulciber ("softener") in Roman mythology and Sethlans in Etruscan mythology.

His smithy was believed to be situated underneath Mount Etna in Sicily. At the Vulcanalia festival, which was held on August 23, fish and small animals were thrown into a fire.

Vulcan's shrine in the Forum Romanum, called the Volcanal, appears to have played an important role in the civic rituals of the archaic Roman Kingdom.

Vulcan was the father of Caeculus.

A statue of Vulcan located in Birmingham, Alabama is the largest cast iron statue in the world.

To punish mankind for stealing the secrets of fire, Jupiter ordered the other gods to make Vulcan’s contribution to the beautiful and foolish Pandora, was to mold her from clay and to give her form. He also made the thrones for the other gods on Mt. Olympus.

Astrologically, Vulcan is the name of a hypothetical inter-mercurial planet which was proven non-existent. It is also an unlikely candidate for the name of 2003 UB313, which may be the tenth planet.

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