The Wars of Ares
The Fierce God of War and Courage
Description: Ares fighting in the Trojan War on his horse Fear
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Hello, I am Ares, the God of War and also the god who holds the spear as a symbol, and I would like to tell you about myself. I am the son of Zeus, the God of the Sky, but so is my half-brother Herakles, whom I have had many foul encounters with. Herakles bested me in war, giving him an opportunity to defeat me, but he did not, for I am honored by all great warriors. It is said that they honor me because I give strength to men so they can defend their families and villages. Although I am honored, I am feared more than respected, for my flaming chariot has claimed the lives of many mortals. In my life I have had many narrow escapes from the clenches of death, the most famous being the time two giants stuffed me into a jar. Another example of one of my more famous escapes was when I rescued Aphrodite’s son Aineias from certain death with the Achaians. Aphrodite then scurried to Mount Olympus to recover, leaving me to protect her son. When I had defeated most of the Achaians, Aineias and I rushed off to Mount Olympus to return Aphrodite’s son. There, while I sat on my throne covered in human skin, my father Zeus told me I was the most hateful of all the gods. I had known before Father favored Herakles most of all his children, but I had never thought I was his least favorite.
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