One of the reasons why I love Star Trek is because the shows include a good dose of Greek myth. I’ve already discussed the Romulans, so today I’d like to focus on the Romulan’s original ancestors, the Vulcans.

In myth, Vulcan is the Roman name for Hephaestus, the god of fire and the forge. I’m curious to know why Gene Roddenberry picked the god of fire to represent the Vulcans, a race of people who repress emotions. Surely the Vulcans aren’t fiery. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find that the Vulcans weren’t always in control of their mental state. At one point they nearly drove their race to extinction because of their wild and violent emotions, so at the time, the term Vulcan would have been accurate in describing their race.

What is your opinion? Why do you think Gene Roddenberry choose the name Vulcan?

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