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God of War, Battle Lust, Civil Order and Manly Courage

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Ares, Olympian god of War, battle lust, civil order and manly courage.

ARES (Άρης) is the the great Olympian god of War, battle lust, civil order and manly courage. He was given the name Mars by the Romans, who additionally associated him with agriculture. His symbols include the boar, dog, serpent, spear, sword, and vulture.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

–Plato

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History and Myths

He developed a love of violence that surpassed that of any other Olympian, but made him perfect as the Olympian god of war. It also made him unpopular among his fellow deities who despised him for his overt love of war regardless of reason to fight. Despite this he was given a place on the Olympian ruling council possible due to his parentage.

As the God of War Ares would often participate in mortal conflicts, but would often fare poorly in divine contests. He would lend strength to whatever side he favoured, but was known to be somewhat fickle and change sides in the middle of a battle. Despite his great strength and fighting ability Ares often fared poorly in battles with other supernatural enemies. His half-brother Heracles is noted to have stalemated if not outright defeated him in battle twice. At one point he stripped Ares of his armour and another defeated Ares and one of his children with the aid of Athena. The Alodai giants defeated Ares and imprisoned him within a jar.

During the Trojan War he sided with the Trojans despite promising Hera he would aid the Greeks. For his actions he was wounded by the mortal hero Diomedes with the aid of Athena. After Zeus allowed the Olympians to participate openly in the war he challenged Athena directly only to again be defeated and force to flee.

He is Aphrodite's lover, and has been for millennia. Her husband Hephaestus once caught them together in a golden net of his own design, and invited the gods to come and laugh at their affair. Hephaestus seems to enjoy inventing new ways to humiliate them, so Ares and Aphrodite pick the locations for their dates very carefully. Aphrodite also loves Ares more than Hephaestus and has many children with him. His demigod children all have the same cruel, aloof, and rebellious attitude as he does. A known myth regarding Ares' love for Aphrodite is that of Adonis wherein Ares, disguised as a boar, kills Adonis for seeing the goddess.

Vital Statistics

Titles

Olympian God of War
God of Battle Lust
God of Civil Order
God of Manly Courage

Gender

Male

Status

Immortal

Species

God

Affiliation

Olympians

Weapon

Sword

Home

Mt. Olympus
His Iron Fortress in Thrace

Roman Form

Mars

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Mother

Spouse(s)

N/A

Siblings

Enyo [ twin-sister ]
Hebe & Eileithyia [ sisters ]
Hephaestus [ maternal half-brother ]
Aglaea, The Horai, The Morai, The Muses, Persephone, Cybele, Athena, Enyo, Eileithyia, Artemis, Britomartis, Angelos, Aletheia, Pandia, Ersa, Agdistis & Herophile [ paternal half-sisters ]
Ares, Hermes, Apollo, Dionysus, Perseus, Minos, Heracles, Tantalus, Aeacus, Megaros, Lacadaemon, Tityus, Rhadamanthys, Sarpedon, Amphion, Zethus, Dardanos, Iason, Eetion, Epaphus, Demetrius, Akheilos & Caerus [ paternal half-brothers ]

Demigod Children

Children of Ares
Kyknos & Diomedes [ demigod sons ]
Hippolyta & Clarisse La Rue [ demigod daughters ]

Immortal Children

Eros, Phobos & Deimos [ sons ]
Harmonia [ daughter ]

Lover(s)

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

War / Battle Lust / Civil Order / Courage

Symbols

Chariot / Bloodstained Shield / Spear / Helmet / Flaming Torch

Sacred Animals

Wild Boar / Vulture / Stymphalian Birds / Venomous Snakes / Dog

Sacred Plants

N/A

Assumed Powers

  1. Possesses the natural abilities of a God.
  2. Has vast physical strength.
  3. Has minor ability to control fire.
  4. As the god of war, he is an expert in all areas of warfare.
  5. He has the ability to invoke feelings of anger, passion and violence in others.

Trivia

Trivia

  • Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, is named after Ares' Roman counterpart.
  • Ares' name is believed to be derived from the Greek word ἀρή (arē), meaning “bane, ruin”.
  • Ares has an intense fear of jars, as a result of his ordeals at the hands of the Aloadae Giants.
  • Ares was often associated with the northern region of Thrace, whose native peoples were viewed by the Greeks as barbaric and war-like. Thrace was believed to be the god’s birthplace, and many of the native tribes claimed to be descended from him.
  • As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Ares is the Amazons' most worshipped Olympian god, since the greatest Amazon warriors were always his demigod daughters.
  • In myth, Ares is portrayed as a military general or professional warrior but in America, he took on a 1950s rebellious "Greaser" persona. 
  • Ares, in term of rocketry, are three Shuttle-derived launches of vehicles under development under NASA program, which are named after him.
  • His Latin name Mars gave us the word "martial".
  • His Egyptian equivalent is Horus.
  • His Norse counterpart is Tyr.
  • His Mayan counterpart is Nakon, they even wear similar clothes.

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