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A son of Vulcan, conceived, as some say, by his mother as she was sitting by the fire, a spark having leaped forth into her bosom. After a life spent in plundering and rapine, he built Praenesté; but, being unable to find inhabitants, he implored Vulcan to tell him whether he really was his father. Upon this a flame suddenly shone around a multitude who were assembled to see some spectacle, and they were immediately persuaded to become the subjects of Caeculus. Vergil says that he was found on the hearth, or, as some less correctly explain it, in the very fire itself, and hence was fabled to have been the son of Vulcan (Verg. Aen. vii. 680).

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