An epithet given to several gods and mythical beings connected with Mount Etna, such as Zeus, of whom there was a statue on Mount Etna, and to whom a festival was celebrated there, called Aetnaea,1 Hephaestus, who had his workshop in the mountain, and a temple near it,2 and the Cyclopes.3



  1. Scholiast on Pindar's Olympian Odes vi, 162.
  2. Aelian. History of Animals xii, 3; Spanheim, on Callimachus' Hymn to Artemis, 56.
  3. Virgil. Aeneid viii, 440; xii, 263; iii, 768; Ovid. Epistulae ex Ponto ii, 2.115.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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