Etna (Aetna, Etna) In Greek and Roman history and mythology, volcanic mountain on the eastern coast of Sicily where the forge of Hephaestus, god of fire, was located and where Zeus confined the giants. The volcano is said to be named after Aetna, daughter of Briareus (or Uranus) and mother, by Hephaestus, of the two Palici volcanoes.

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