Gods of Olympus


In Greek mythology, Ares is the god of war. He appeared in battle with armour, a shield and a magic sword. He was the son of the god Zeus and the goddess Hera.

On Olympus, however, he was not the only god of war. Athena, too, was the goddess of victorious war (and also of wisdom, the protector of justice and law). The crucial difference between them, however, was that Athena waged wars prudently and victoriously, but Ares waged wars constantly and fiercely. On several occasions, he even lost the war in question.

Arês didn't really care whose side he was fighting on. He loved war, brave warriors and death. That's why he supported the outbreak of any war and didn't like negotiation. He always had his two sons by his side, Deimos (the personification of terror) and Phobos (the personification of fear). In addition, Aréo's sister Eris (goddess of strife) and Enyó (goddess of destruction) were also involved in the wars.

His most famous defeats were two. The first was at Troy, where he was wounded by the spear of Diomedes and Arês fled the battle. In the second, he was overpowered by Otho and Ephialtes (giants), who bound him and locked him in a barrel. Only after a year was he freed by Hermes.

Arês was not popular with the people, just as he was not popular with the gods. Even so, Aphrodite (the goddess of love) fell in love with him. Together they had four sons (Deimos, Phobos, Eros and Anterós) and one daughter (Harmonia).