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This Greek god of war can also be found in Roman myths under the name Mars.
-- gohangambit  12/17/2006
Although we cannot know for certain, I would guess that the origin of Ares is based upon the word for male, for many reasons. First off, the symbol for his planet, Mars, is the symbol for masculinity, secondly, his counterpart, with whom he has a son, Aphrodite, is the epitome of womankind (and he is already an example of the Greek masculine ideal). Greek mythology is full of such references of balance, and is not known for its subtlety. It is, after all, created by the masses.
-- Argetlam092  6/7/2008
Being, basically, the biggest jerk in the Greek pantheon, Ares wasn't all that well-liked or respected. In the Iliad, his own father calls him the most hateful of all gods. Though he was the god of war, it was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, who was responsible for military strategy and leadership; Ares better represented mindless violence and destruction. In the Trojan war, Ares backed the losing side, and Athena backed the winners.

Ares had many children, but the most famous are those he had with Aphrodite: Eros (love), Anteros (requited love), Phobos (fear), Deimos (dread), Harmonia (concord), and Adrestia (revenge). Phobos and Deimos were regular members of Ares's entourage, and the moons of Mars are named for them.
-- humblebee  12/30/2011
Aris (a variant of Ares) Christofellis is also the name of a (gorgeous) Greek countertenor.
-- Anonymous User  1/28/2014

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