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A sculpture of Ares

Ares (Ancient Greek: Ἄρης) is the god of war in Greek mythology and one of the Twelve Olympians. The son of Zeus and Hera, Ares was representative of war’s horrors; he is a brutal and fearsome being, one who reveled senseless carnage and mindless bloodshed. Described as overwhelming and insatiable in his lust for battle, Ares would often ride across the battlefield in his chariot, accompanied by his sons Phobos (Fear) and Deimos (Terror) and his lover or sister goddess, Enyo. Due to his violent and destructive nature, Ares was generally loathed and despised amongst the gods, with the exception of Aphrodite, with whom he began an adulterous affair. Exceptionally cruel, Ares symbolized brute force and strength that was necessary to fight war, in contrast to his sister and counterpart Athena, who favored the use of discipline, planning, and military strategy, if only to resolve conflict. His symbols were the spear and shield, and the dog, boar, and vulture were considered his sacred animals. The god Mars is his Roman equivalent.

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