Ares (Ancient Greek: Αρης, literally meaning "battle") was the god of chaotic war, bloodshed, violence, and strife. In Greek literature, he often represents the physical or violent and untamed aspect of war, in contrast to his half-sister the armored Athena, whose functions as a goddess of intelligence include military strategy and generalship. He is also often called the God of Courage, though Homer's Iliad depicts him as running away when he is injured by Diomedes and Athena.
Unlike his sister Athena who represents strategy and civility of war, Ares represents all wars brutal aspects. As such he is ruthless, blood thirsty, vengeful, arrogant, brutal, cruel and ferocious in battle. Always willing to go to war and fight regardless of a reason.
Despite his cruelty Ares cares about his children. Many myths show him coming to their defense when being beaten. The only exception being his daughter Harmonia who he turned into a snake along with her husband Cadmus (who he turned into a snake in revenge for killing his birds).
Also despite bing disliked by her due to his savage nature Ares still cares about his mother Hera and helped Hermes persuade Hephaistos to release her. He also has affection for Aphrodite, with whom he fathered several children with.
There was once a pair of giants called the Aloadae. They were twins and they believed that they were better than the gods. But each brother loved one goddess, Artemis and Hera. The Aloadae built a mountain as high as Mount Olympus and began to attack the Olympians. Then they decided that this was not working so they came over to Olympus. They locked Ares in a bronze jar and there he stayed for 13 months only to find that the other Olympians had found a way to trick the twins into killing each other. Hermes later freed him from the jar after 13 months.
Sphere of Control
Ares is the Greek god of war, battlelust, and manly courage. He is very ferocious and violent. Many people fear him.
Spouse & Lovers
- Deimos (Son)
- Phobos (Son)
- Kyknus (Son)
- Eros (Son)
- Psykhe (Daughter-in law)
- Harmonia (Daughter)
- Kadmos (Son-in law)
- Hippolyte (Daughter)
- Kyknus (Son)
- He supported the Trojans.
- Despite his title and attitude, he is quite spoiled. It is said that when he cries in pain, the shouts reach to Mount Olympus.
- He had a small control of flam and fire, for her burst in to when he was ready for war.
- Mars (Roman Mythology)
Gallery of Ares
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