Who is Ares? Greek gods

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The god Ares, on an Athenian black figure vase from about 570 BC

The god Ares, on an Athenian black figure vase from about 570 BC

Ares is the ancient Greek god of war , and so he is a rather irrational god. The 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.

The Romans associated Ares with their god Mars. They also associated Mars with the Northern Europe god Tyr, but Tyr is a god of order and reason, and Ares definitely isn’t. In that way, he’s more like Thor.

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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By |2018-04-23T08:41:51+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Who is Ares? Greek gods. Quatr.us Study Guides, July 12, 2017. Web. January 23, 2019.

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Dr. 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, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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