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They couldn't be much more different, really. Ares was part of a dichotomy of war gods, comprised of himself and Athena. While Athena represented wisdom, strategy and generalship in war, Ares represented base aggression and the brutal side of war. As such, he wasn't particularly well regarded by the greek populace, and instances of his worship are ...


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Those two gods were worshipped differently. Η Αθηνά, η οποία ξεκίνησε ως πάνοπλη Θεά του πολέμου και στη συνέχεια εξελίχθηκε σε πολιούχο Θεά της Αθήνας και σύμβολο της σοφίας, (...) Ο αιμοδιψής Άρης ήταν πολεμικός θεός, ο οποίος εκπροσωπούσε τη μανία και το παράλογο του πολέμου. Athena, who initially was an armed Goddess of War and then became a ...


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According to Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica 2.966ff, Heracles, while performing his ninth task, which required him to obtain Hippolyta's girdle, captured "Melanippe, daughter of Ares," and as a trade, "Hippolyte gave him her glistening girdle as her sister's ransom," whereupon Heracles let Melanippe go free, unharmed. The Amazon leader with whom Antiope ...


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Well he's not a strategist, that's Athena. I think it's fair to say Ares is a good fighter. But he's not the best- he's lost to Athena, and he has been on the losing side of a war as well. And that doesn't mean he's literally anything else - he runs in the face of battle, he sneaks around with Aphrodite behind her husband's back, he is hot headed and ...


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Aphrodite was the goddess of love. She was described as exceedingly beautiful. And no matter what happens, she was going to get lovers. By giving her to Hephaestus, Zeus effectively ruled out a chance of a civil war breaking out between the gods. Obviously, Aphrodite wasn't going to be pleased by a cripple, and she would willingly have affairs with the other ...


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In the DC Comics version of Greco-Roman mythology there are indeed plenty of stories which pit Ares against the Amazons and those which ally these women with Zeus. There are also some of these comicbook stories in which antagonism occurs between Zeus and the Amazons. In ancient mythography, however, it does not seem that the Amazons are ever even mentioned ...


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You can't categorize the Olympians with DC/Marvel labels. The Ancient Greeks didn't even think of their gods as we currently think of that concept. Greek gods were regarded much more like the deep, layered human characters of Bronte or Wolf. That's why virtually all Olympian myths are tragedies.


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Why would someone worship such a god? So he didn't smite you for your insolence. Who are you, a mere mortal, to presume to withhold due rites from a god? Especially one whom you know is willing to do terrible things to you? I will add that the Homeric Hymn to Ares shows a much more favorable view. Also, you have such myths as that the Areopagus, which ...


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Ares, Greek god of war, being the epitome of the horrors of war, was accompanied by his children Deimos (dread), Phobos (fear) and Eris, not his daughter but the goddess of discord with several parentages disputed. He wore a cape of the skin of men he had killed. He was fickle promising to fight on one side one day and changing his mind the next. He was ...


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"Athena-ish" Ares? In the mythology, beyond the fact that Ares is a great-nephew of Themis (since she is a sister of his grandparents Kronos [Cronus] and Rhea), the Titan-goddess never interacts with this god. And the Ares in this hymn is indeed so incongruous with the character we do encounter in the mythology as to seem an entirely different personage, as ...


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He doesn't exactly have a "power" like some of the other gods do. Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon have powers like that because they rule parts of the world, with Zeus as king of the sky, Poseidon ruling the oceans, and Hades as king of Erebus, or Hades, the Underworld. Ares isn't really portrayed as being very smart, he is very much a brutish, bloodthirsty ...


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