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01251--Ares in Greek Mythology


Ares in Greek Mythology
Ares


Ares was the Greek god of war.   His symbol was spear.  War, battles, and bloodshed were his major preoccupations. There is not too much more to Ares than this connection to war, as he is portrayed as being somewhat one-dimensional; or at least limited in his pleasures.  However, Ares was interested in one thing: pleasure - an amorous relationship with the goddess Aphrodite. He engaged in an ongoing tryst with Aphrodite which is the stuff of legend/myth, in defiance of that fact that the lovely goddess was already married to the god Hephaistos. There is a wonderfully charming tale in the Odyssey of Homer about how this couple's romantic rendezvous came to an abrupt, and comic, end. 

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