Hephaestus was the god of fire, metal working, stone masonry, forges, and the art of sculpture. He was the son of Zeus and Hera and married to Aphrodite by Zeus to prevent war a war of the gods fighting for her hand. He was a smithing god, making all the weapons for Olympus and acting as a black smith for the gods. He had his own palace on Olympus where he made many clever inventions and auto matons of metal to work for him. Hephaestus`s ugly appearance was the reason Zeus chose him to marry Aphrodite, but despite this she had many at fairs with both god and men. In one story, Hephaestus builds a tricky invention which catches Aphrodite laying with Ares, the war god, trapping them both in bed to be laughed at and ridiculed by the other gods. He is similar to Athena in his giving skill to help mortals in his case artists. It was believed that Hephaestus taught men the arts alongside Athena. However, he was also considered far inferior to that of the goddess of wisdom.