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Ares
God of courage and war
Member of the Twelve Olympians
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Head of Ares from Hermitage
Abode Mount Olympus, Thrace, Macedonia, Thebes, Sparta & Mani
Symbols Sword, spear, shield, helmet, chariot, flaming torch, dog, boar, vulture
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Consort Aphrodite and various others
Children Erotes (Eros and Anteros), Phobos, Deimos, Phlegyas, Harmonia, Enyalios, Thrax, Oenomaus, Cycnus, and Amazons
Parents Zeus and Hera
Siblings Aeacus, Angelos, Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Dionysus, Eileithyia, Enyo, Eris, Ersa, Hebe, Helen of Troy, Hephaestus, Heracles, Hermes, Minos, Pandia, Persephone, Perseus, Rhadamanthus, the Graces, the Horae, the Litae, the Muses, the Moirai
Roman equivalent Mars
Norse equivalent Týr

Ares is the Greek god of courage and war. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera. In Greek literature, he often represents the physical or violent and untamed aspects of war, in contrast to his sister, the armored Athena, whose functions as a goddess of intelligence include military strategy and generalship.

His sons Phobos (Fear) and Deimos (Terror) and his lover, or sister, Enyo (Discord) accompanied him on his war chariot. In the Iliad, his father Zeus tells him that he is the god most hateful to him. An association with Ares endows places and objects with a savage, dangerous, or militarized quality. His value as a war god is placed in doubt: during the Trojan War, Ares was on the losing side, while Athena, often depicted in Greek art as holding Nike (Victory) in her hand, favoured the triumphant Greeks.

Ares plays a relatively limited role in Greek mythology. When Ares does appear in myths, he typically faces humiliation. He is well known as the lover of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

The counterpart of Ares among the Roman gods is Mars, who as a father of the Roman people was given a more important and dignified place in ancient Roman religion as a guardian deity.

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