Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Image of Ares at Hadrian's Villa from wikimedia

Ares was the Greek god of war, shown here with shield and helmet, ready to do battle. Other representations show him with a spear, or riding in a chariot.

Though his brother Hephaestus was the husband of Aphrodite, Ares had many children with her, among them Phobos (terror), Deimos (fear), and Harmonia (harmony). Eros was another, assuming he did not spring from the foam of the sea with his mother.

The son of Zeus and Hera, the warrior Ares resided on Mount Olympus, where he sat upon a throne upholstered in human skin. His sacred animal was the dog.

Ares kept company with Eris, goddess of strife, discord and contention, and he and often quarreled with his half-sisters Artemis and Athena.

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