Who is Ares? - Greek Gods
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Who is Ares?

man in armor sitting on a stool
Ares, the Greek god of war
(see his name written in Greek on
the top right?)

Ares is the ancient Greek god of war , and so he is a rather irrational god. Ares enters into people and causes rage, so that they lose their tempers and want to go fight. Ares is sometimes said to be Aphrodite's boyfriend, in that they're both irrational, beyond reason. We capture the same feeling in our expression, "All's fair in love and war." Ares doesn't appear in Greek stories much; he's not a fully developed character so much as a metaphorical personification of anger.

Learn by doing: write about a time you lost your temper
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Bibliography and further reading about Ares:

D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, by Edgar and Ingri D'Aulaire.

Greek Religion, by Walter Burkert (reprinted 1987). By a leading expert. He has sections on each of the Greek gods, and discusses their deeper meanings, and their function in Greek society.

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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