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Ares (Άρης) is the God of War in Greek mythology. He is the son of Zeus and Hera. Homer portrayed him as a terrible, murderous barbarian who was disliked by his parents and all others; in contrast with the wise, reasonable war goddess, Athena.

Curiously, Homer's version of the character was considered a coward, shown in the Iliad screaming and retreating to Mount Olympus whenever he was wounded. He was born in Thrace, the home of a people just as warlike as he was. His bird has been identified as the vulture. His attendants included his sister Eris (discord), a battle goddess named Enyo, and his sons Deimos and Phobos.

In Mythology

Ares and Aphrodite

Aphrodite, the enchanting goddess of beauty and love, was married to the ugly, deformed god of fire, Hephaestus, Ares Brother. Ares and Aphrodite fell in love and had an affair. Hephaestus discovered his wife's infidelity had trapped the two lovers in an invisible net. There, he held them captive for all the other Olympians to see until Poseidon intervened.

Naming of the Areopagus

On a hill on the Athenian Acropolis, Ares was put on trial by the Olympians for the very first murder case. Ares had killed Halirrhothius, a son of Poseidon, for raping (or attempting to) a daughter of his, Alcippe. The goddesses (Hera, Demeter, Aphrodite, Athena and Artemis) voted for his innocence, whereas the gods (Zeus, Poseidon, Hermes, Apollo and Dionysus) declared him guilty. Ares was thus acquitted. The hill later came to be known as the Areopagus (Rock of Ares) and functioned as the site of a Court of Appeal in ancient Athens. Another mythological case tried their was the murder of Clytaemnestra and Aegisthus by Orestes, who was acquitted after the intervention of Athena and Apollo.

Ares and the Amazons

Ares was affiliated with the Amazons, a tribe of warrior women. Two of its queens; Hippolyta (whose famous girdle was retrieved by Heracles) and her sister Penthesilea (who fought and died at Troy) were his daughters. Their mother was Otrera, another Amazon queen and daughter of Eurus.

Family

Immortal Offspring

With Aphrodite

With Enyo

  • Enyalios

Notable Mortal Offspring

With Kyrene

With Otrere

  • Hippolyta
  • Penthesilea

With Pyrene

  • Cycnus

With Sterope

  • Oenomaus (m. Evarete)
    • Hippodamia (m. Pelops)
      • Atreus (m. Aerope)
        • Anaxibia (m. Strophius)
          • Pylades (m. Electra)
        • Agamemnon (m. Clytaemnestra)
          • Iphigenia
          • Electra (m. Pylades)
          • Orestes (m. Hermione)
        • Menelaus (m. Helen)
          • Hermione (m. Orestes)
      • Thyestes (m. Aerope)
        • Aegisthus (m. Clytaemnestra)

With Rhea Silva (as Mars )

Powers & Abilities

Ares was a powerful Deity and a son of Zeus, and only became more powerful during conflict or times of war.

  • Highly Advanced War Manipulation
    • Negative Emotion/Discord Manipulation
      • War Inducement
      • Anger Manipulation
      • Fear Manipulation
      • Combat Manipulation
      • Battlefield Creation
  • Highly Advanced Telumkinesis
    • Weapon Manipulation
      • Weapon Creation
      • Weapons Attack
      • Weapon Negation
      • Weapon Proficiency
  • Advanced Ergokinesis
    • Energy Manipulation
      • Power Granting
      • Life-Force Manipulation
        • Life-Force Absorption
      • Electrokinesis
      • Advanced Thermokinesis
      • Energy Blasts
  • Advanced Telekinesis
  • Fading Teleportation
  • Essence Reading
  • Supernatural Aura-Presence
  • Invulnerability
  • Superhuman Physiology
    • Advanced Superhuman Strength
    • Advanced Superhuman Stamina
  • Immortality
  • Advanced Immunities
  • Spell Casting
  • Divine Soul
  • Enhanced Combat Skills
  • Enhanced Power
    • Divinity
    • Anger/Death/Violence Empowerment

In Ancient Culture

Rome

Ares was called Mars in Roman mythology. Mars, in contrast to Ares, was said to have been the most revered Roman god. He was particularly important there because his sons by Rhea Silvia, Romulus and Remus, were the founders of the city of Rome, making Mars the city's patriarch. He was also associated with agriculture and his sacred month, the beginning of spring, is now called March after him.

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