The Automatons were animate, metal statues of animal, men and monsters crafted by the god Hephaestus

The Horses of the Cabeiri

They were four horse-shaped, bronze, fire-breathing automatons crafted by the god Hephaestus to draw the adamantine chariot of his Cabeiri sons.

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The Caucasian Eagle

A giant eagle cast out of bronze by Hephaestus to torture the chained Titan Prometheus.

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Prometheus and the Caucasian Eagle. Laconian black-figure amphoriskos, 6th c. BC. Vatican Museum. (c)

The Golden Celedones

They were magical, singing automotons crafted of gold by Hephaestus for the the second temple of Apollo at Delphi. The Celedones had the form of either beautiful women, wry-neck birds, or a combination of the two; Siren-like bird-women.

The Golden Maidens

They were woman-shaped, gold automatons crafted by Hephaestus as attendants for his palace.

The Gold and Silver Dogs

A pair of watchdogs one crafted out of gold and the other out of silver by Hephaestus for the palace of King Alcinous of the Phaeacians.


Talos was a giant, bronze automoton forged by Hephaestus. Zeus gave Talos to his lover Europa after delivering her to the island of Crete. The giant was given the task of patrolling the island and circled it three times a day, driving off pirates with volleys of rocks. He was eventually destroyed by Poeas or the Dioscuri with the aid of the magic of the witch Medea as he tried to prevent the Argonauts from the landing on the island.

The death of Talos depicted on a 4th c. BC krater. Jatta National Archaeological Museum, Ruvo di Puglia. (c) Forzaruvo94

The Bronze Bulls

They were a pair of fire-breathing, bronze bulls crafted by Hephaestus for King Aeetes of Colchis. When Jason and the Argonauts arrived in Colchis seeking the Golden Fleece, Aeetes commanded him to yoke the bulls and plow a field with dragon’s teeth.

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The Colchis Bulls from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

The Golden Tripods

A set of twenty wheeled tripods crafted by Hephaestus out of gold for the feasts of the Olympian gods. They were endowed with self-animation and wheeled themselves in and out of the halls of the gods as they were required.

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