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[407c] by calling her Ethonoe; and then he himself or others afterwards improved the name, as they thought, and called her Athenaa.

And how do you explain Hephaestus?

You ask about “the noble master of light”?

To be sure.

Hephaestus is Phaestus, with the eta added by attraction; anyone could see that, I should think.

Very likely, unless some other explanation occurs to you, as it probably will.

To prevent that, ask about Ares.

I do ask.

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