Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ares is the Greek god of war and the instigator of violence. His father is Zeus and his mother Hera. He is despised by all other gods because of his tendency for violence. Even Zeus despised him. He is bloody and merciless, Fearful and cowardly. He was the fastest god, and he became the goddess Aphrodites consort. On the battlefield Ares was accompanied by Phobos ("Fear") and Deimos ("Terror"), two lesser divinities who are sometimes given as his sons. He was furthermore attended by the goddesses Eris ("Strife") and Enyo ("Horror"). Ares is also the father of the Harmonia, the goddess of harmony, and of the Amazons Penthesilea and Hippolyte. His cult was never very popular with anyone, and there were very few temples built in his honor.