Ares Greek God Facts

Ares Greek God Facts
In Greek Mythology Ares is the god of war. He is the son of Hera and Zeus and is one of the Twelve Olympians. In Roman Mythology his equivalent is Mars. Ares' symbols include the sword, spear, shield, helmet, chariot, dog, boar, vulture, and flaming torch. He was father to Eros, Phobos, Deimos, Phlegyas, Harmonia, Enyalios, Thrax, Adrestia, and Oenomaus. Ares represents untamed acts and violence during war. He is depicted in Greek Mythology as someone with a violent personality and was not liked by his parents. Ares loved Aphrodite, his sister, and produced all eight children with her.
Interesting Ares Greek God Facts:
Ares' father was Zeus. Zeus was the King of the Greek Gods.
Ares' mother was Hera. Hera was the Greek marriage goddess.
Ares was so unlikable that none of the Greek cities wanted to be named for him. There were very few temples made for him.
It was said that Ares' throne on Mount Olympus where he lived was covered in skin.
The month of March is named for Ares.
Ares was tried in the highest council of Ancient Greece, at the hill of Areopagus. He was accused of murdering Poseidon's son for the attempted rape of Alkippe - Ares' own daughter. He was the first Greek god to be tried at the hill of Areopagus.
In some mythology stories Ares was created by Hera with the use of a magic herb, not by Zeus.
When Ares was a baby he was kidnapped by giants and kept in a bronze jar. He was rescued by Hermes, another god.
When Ares went to war, two of his children often went with him. Hey were the god of fear - Phobos, and the god of terror - Deimos.
Ares was father to the god of love - Eros, and the goddess of harmony - Harmonia.
The Roman equivalent of Ares was Mars, however Mars was much more dignified and also the god of agriculture.
Ares loved Aphrodite but she fell in love with a mortal named Adonis. Ares became so enraged that he shape shifted into a boar and killed Adonis with his tusks.
Ares tried twice to defeat Heracles but lost on both occasions.
Ares had a mortal son named Cycnus, who believed he could build him a temple of human bones.
Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus when she and Ares fell in love. Hephaestus tried to humiliate them by revealing their affair. He put them on display for others to mock as punishment for their affair.
Ares overreacted to the smallest injuries with absolute rage and has even been depicted as being a coward in some instances of war.
Ares' son Tereus was believed to have inherited many of his father's unlikable qualities.
Many of the mythology stories in which Ares appears portray him as being humiliated in one way or another.
Ares was father to a greater number of mortal children than children considered divine.
The Ancient Greeks did not like Ares but his Roman counterpart Mars was well liked by the Romans.


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