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Ares: God of War by Teri Temple

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Ares was the Greek god of war and perhaps the most unpopular of all the Olympian gods because of his quick temper, aggressiveness, and unquenchable thirst for conflict. He famously seduced Aphrodite , unsuccessfully fought with Hercules , and enraged Poseidon by killing his son Halirrhothios. One of the more human Olympian gods, he was a popular subject in Greek art and even more so in Roman times when he took on a much more serious aspect as Mars , the Roman god of war. Despite being a god, the Greeks considered him from Thrace, perhaps in an attempt to associate him with what they thought of as foreign and war-loving peoples, wholly different from themselves. Ares had various children with different partners, several of whom were unfortunate enough to come up against Hercules when he performed his celebrated twelve labours. The courageous but warlike Amazons were also thought to be descendants of Ares.

Ares is the Greek god of war that was known for his destructive behavior. Athena was known for her knowledge and strategies that were associated with war while Ares was known to be the personification of all the violence and rage that make up war. The one exception seems to be the goddess Aphrodite. The number varies depending on the source, but it has been confirmed that Deimos, Phobos, and Harmonia were all born to Ares. Although it would seem that a god who embodied war would be greatly respected and admired by the early Greeks, they seemed to have little use for Ares.

He is one of the Twelve Olympians , the son of Zeus and Hera. The Greeks were ambivalent toward Ares: although he embodied the physical valor necessary for success in war, he was a dangerous force, "overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering. Ares plays a relatively limited role in Greek mythology as represented in literary narratives, though his numerous love affairs and abundant offspring are often alluded to. The counterpart of Ares among the Roman gods is Mars , [11] who as a father of the Roman people was given a more important and dignified place in ancient Roman religion as a guardian deity. During the Hellenization of Latin literature , the myths of Ares were reinterpreted by Roman writers under the name of Mars.

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Ares was a Olympian god of war, violence and destruction. He was not welcomed by both gods and mortals in Greek mythology, nor ancient Greeks themselves, well with the few exceptions such as Spartans and the Amazons. He is often compared with his half sister Athena who is also, like Ares, associated with war activities. However, while Athena is respected and appreciated for her warfare, strategy, courage and wisdom, Ares is seen as the force of destruction, savage warfare and bloodlust. No one really liked his activities because, wherever he went, he left traces of misfortune and aberration behind. Despite his unpopularity, he was worshiped and honored in Crete and Peloponnese, where military bases of Spartans could be found, as well as in Pontus, the northern part of modern Turkey, where Amazones lived.

Ares is the Olympian god of war. However, unlike Athena , he represents merely its destructive capacity and is typically the personification of sheer violence and brutality. Consequently, he was loved neither by gods nor by men. That is, with the exception of Aphrodite , who bore him many children out of wedlock. In art, Ares is usually represented wearing a helmet, a shield and either a sword or a spear.


  1. Plumrispater1997 says:

    Ares is the god of war, one of the Twelve Olympian gods and the son of Zeus and Hera. In literature Ares represents the violent and physical untamed aspect of war, which is in contrast to Athena who represents military strategy and generalship as the goddess of intelligence.

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