Saturday, February 2, 2013

Word from Mythology: Volcano

The word "volcano" comes from the name of the Roman god Vulcan (equivalent to the Greek god Hephaistos). Vulcan was the god of fire and metallurgy, and Mount Etna was Vulcan's forge.

Vulcan is also the name of a planet in the world of Star Trek, with Mister Spock being the most famous of the Vulcan characters.

Below is a painting of Vulcan by Andrea Mantegna:



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