MYTHOLOGY MEME: Ares, Greek Mythology.
Ares is a war god and god of violence in Greek mythology, he often represents the physical or violent and untamed aspect of war. He was not well-liked or trusted by the ancient Greeks and there are few tales in which he plays a major role. Cults of Ares are found mainly in Crete and the Peloponnese where the militaristic Spartans honored him. Athena is also a war goddess, but was well-respected, as a polis protector and goddess of strategy instead of Ares’ forte, mayhem and destruction.
Ares has no unique attributes, but is described as strong, harnessed in bronze, and golden helmeted. He rides a war chariot. The serpent, owls, vultures, and woodpecker are sacred to him. Ares had unsavory companions like Phobos (“Fear”) and Deimos (“Terror”), Eris (“Strife”) and Enyo (“Horror”). Early depictions show him as a mature, bearded man. Later representations show him as a youth or ephebe.