[MYTHOLOGY MEME] 4/5 War Deities: Ares
The god of war, one of the great Olympian gods of the Greeks, and son of Zeus and Hera. This fierce and gigantic, but withal handsome god loved and was beloved by Aphrodite : he interfered on her behalf with Zeus, and lent her his war-chariot. When Aphrodite loved Adonis, Ares in his jealousy metamorphosed himself into a bear, and killed his rival.
While Athena represents thoughtfulness and wisdom in the affairs of war, and protects men and their habitations during its ravages. Ares is nothing but the personification of bold force and strength, and not so much the god of war as of its tumult, confusion, and horrors. His sister Eris calls forth war, Zeus directs its course, but Ares loves war for its own sake, and delights in the din and roar of battles, in the slaughter of men, and the destruction of towns. This savage and sanguinary character of Ares makes him hated by the other gods and his own parents. In the Iliad, he appears surrounded by the personifications of all the fearful phenomena and effects of war, but in the Odyssey his character is somewhat softened down.
There are few Greek monuments now extant with representations of the god; he appears principally on coins, reliefs, and gems. [x]