I have always been intrigued by Greek mythology, but while playing the video game, God of War, I noticed that they built their universe around the lore and history behind the gods and goddesses. In the game, the main antagonist is Ares, God of War, hence the title of the game. I thought it would be interesting to explore more about the deity, exploring more than what we associate, which is fury, brutality, and bloodlust.
Ares is the counterpart to his sister, Athena, Goddess of War. She is a symbol of wisdom and strategy of combat, while Aries embodies vengeance, brutality, and cruelty on the battlefield. He is often depicted as either a mature, bearded warrior armed for battle, or a nude, beardless youth with a helm and spear.
Birth of a God Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera the king and queen of Mount Olympus, his brother Hephaestus the god of blacksmithing, and his sisters were Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth, and Hebe, the goddess of eternal youth. Despite his strength and skills in combat, his rage led him to being detested by the other Greek gods. Zeus tells Ares that if he wasn’t his son then he would have ended up in Tartarus with Cronus and the Titans.
Ares Greek God of War
Ares Companions Despite being known as a joke by the other gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus, there is always a massive army accompanied him into battle. His two sons, Deimos, God of Panic and Phobos God of Fear stood by his side to aid him on the battlefield.
Ares siblings Eris Goddess of Strife and Enyo the Sacker of Cities or better known as Sister of War offered him assistance. Sometimes an appearance of Keres, the grim-eyed female Spirits of Death, dressed in cloaks crimson with human blood would make an appearance during the combat.
Ares Conquests Like his father, Ares sought after many women, but his most famous conquest was his desire of Aphrodite. She was married to Ares’ brother Hephaestus, who after learning of her affair with Ares wanted to humiliate them. Hephaestus crafted a bronze net which seemed invisible tied to the bed where Ares and Aphrodite would make love. Hephaestus stormed into the room with other gods to point and jeer at the pair. They were released on the Zeus’ orders after Ares promised to leave Aphrodite alone.
God of War – God of War PS3 Videogame
Ares was feared by the other Greek deities, but his passion and strength earned the respect of his siblings and others who craved bloodlust on the battlefield. He applied his tactics used in battle to obtain things he wanted with little respect to others. Ares embodies the irrational reckless attributes we associate with warfare.
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