The God of war and slayer of all before him, Ares of Mount Olympus, was a Greek god you wouldn’t want to pick a fight with. Armed with both spear and Sword, Ares would fight with blood fueled rage that sent heart-stopping fear through his enemies. Yet, for all his ferocity in combat, the God of War lacked tactical and Strategic ability and often faltered in the face of open warfare. But unfortunately, this wasn’t the only negative of the War God’s personality. He womanized, he lied, and he cheated too. If that isn’t enough to get you reading more nothing is. So let’s get started and with 50 facts about the God of War, Ares.
Fact 1: Ares is a god in ancient Greek religion and mythology.
Fact 2: All Greek gods are usually the god of something, such as the harvest, or the sky. Ares is no different. He is the god of warfare.
Fact 3: Ares is the son of Zeus, the god of the sky, and Hera, the goddess of marriage.
Fact 4: Ares is Just one of the 12 original Olympian Gods. These gods include Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes, Hestia, and of course, Ares.
Fact 5: It’s possible that Ares had over 70 children. Half of which were born to divine mothers. The other half are born to human mothers.
Fact 6: He is thought to represent the emotional and brutal side of war. And he personifies the pure rage and blood lust that drives men and women on the battlefield.
Fact 7: Ares is also known as Mars in Roman mythology and religion.
Fact 8: Ares was known to live in many places throughout Greece. Like all the gods, he called Mount Olympus home. However, he also often stayed in Thrace, Thebes, Mani, Macedonia, and the warrior city, Sparta.
Fact 9: Ancient Greeks used many symbols to represent the God of war. These symbols included a vulture, a dog, a flaming torch, a Boer, and a chariot.
Fact 10: Ares has a Norse mythology equivalent called Tyr. However, Tyr was a benevolent god that only ever fought wars to help restore the peace.
Fact 11: Hinduism also has a god of war equivalent called Kartikaga.
Fact 12: Athena, his sister, though a war god herself, was the polar opposite of Ares. Instead of representing the emotional violent side of war, Athena represented the logical and strategic side of war.
Fact 13: There was a love-hate relationship between the Greeks and Ares. The Greeks loved him because he showed such heroism on the battlefield. Yet at the same time, they hated and feared him because he could be so destructive and murderous.
Fact 14: His sons Deimos, who was a god of terror, and Phobos, who was a god of fear, would charge into battle with Ares on his war chariot.
Fact 15: Greek mythology is quite a wide and varied set of stories. However, Ares doesn’t actually play that big a part in most of them.
Fact 16: Greek mythology tells of the deep hatred Ares had for his father Zeus. The Iliad, written by Ancient Greek author Homer, states that out of all the gods, Ares hates Zeus the most.
Fact 17: It’s accepted that Ares is easily the best fighter amongst the gods. However, he may not have been that great at waging war. In the one major story where Ares actually takes part in a war, the Iliad, he loses to his sister Athena. So maybe he should have been the god of fighting, or the god of battle, instead of the god of war. And Athena should have been the god of warfare.
Fact 18: Ares was also called Enyalios in ancient Mycenaean times.
Fact 19: It is thought the name Ares, roughly translated, means a mixture of the words bane, curse, and ruin. Quite apt words for a god of war that was supposed to bring absolute annihilation and destruction down upon all that fought him.
Fact 20: Ares was known to complain a lot when things did not go his way in battle. In Homer’s Iliad, Zeus criticized Ares for whining too much after losing battles or when encounters with women did not go his way or as planned.
Fact 21: Ares is often associated with the Thracians, the people of the war-like city of Thrace. This connection exists mainly because the Ares was born in Thrace.
Fact 22: Ares was so disliked because of his temper and general abrasive manner, very few temples were built in his name. This would often upset Ares as he felt this his prowess in battle deserved more recognition and devotion from the ‘mere mortals’ that roamed Greece.
Fact 23: Though you wouldn’t know it, the month of March is actually indirectly named after Ares. You see, March is named after the Roman god of war, Mar. And, of course, Mars is based on the Ancient Greek god of war Ares.
Fact 24: It’s hinted, in some smaller mythological stories, that Ares actually had no father. According to the stories, Hera, Ares’ mother, created Ares from a concoction of herbs. Then she lied to Zeus about who was the father in order for Areas to be Raised among Zeus’ other children. Sneaky!
Fact 25: Unlike Ares, his Roman equivalent Mars was actually really well-liked by both Gods and Humans. Poor Ares. He can’t catch a break, can he!
Fact 26: Many of the stories that depict the god of war show him being humiliated by the other gods. Scholars are not 100% sure why this is the case, but they believe that it may have been a way of depicting the pointless waste and stupidity of emotionally driven conflict. And that there are other, better ways, to settle differences between people and nations.
Fact 27: Teresa, one of Ares’ sons, was supposed to have inherited many of his father’s less desirable qualities. He was brutal, vengeful, full of anger, and duplicitous, which made him a rather unlikeable fellow.
Fact 28: Ares fought the great Greek hero Heracles twice and failed to win on both occasions. The first battle Ares lost against Heracles was during the battle of Pylos which took place in 425 BC during the Peloponnesian War. The second Battle Ares lost against Heracles was after Heracles killed Ares’ son Cycnus.
Fact 29: Ares also had a daughter called Eros. She became the goddess of love.
Fact 30: Ares’ appearance is usually that of a stereotypical male warrior of the time. He was powerfully built with ropes of muscle across his body, yet he was surprisingly agile. And he always carries his weapons and shield wherever he wanders.
Fact 31: The Giant Serpent Ekhidnades, an enemy of the gods and men, and an ally of the Titans were killed by Ares.
Fact 32: Ares considered himself quite a woman’s man which is attested to by the massive amount of children he bore. Unfortunately, his womanizing ways, lead him to failure during an affair with Aphrodite. You see, Aphrodite’s husband at the time, Hephaestus, discovered Ares and Aphrodite together. Incensed by their adulterous actions Hephaestus did the only thing an enraged god could do: He threw an invisible net over Ares and captured him. You’d think, being the God of War and all that, Ares could have cut his way free. Unfortunately, Ares had plenty of go in the muscle department, but not so much go in the brains department: he didn’t even know he’d been captured by the net.
Fact 33: His throne atop Mount Olympus was said to be covered in human skin. Ewwww!
Fact 34: During the war between Greece and Troy, Ares sided with the Trojan army that was eventually defeated. Unfortunately, Ares himself fell to a humiliating personal defeat after Athena, who sided with the Greeks, threw a rock at him, and wounded him causing him to flee from battle.
Fact 35: Ares was conscripted into the War with the Gigantes. The Gigantes were a tribe of giants. Each of which was at least 50 meters tall.
Fact 36: Though there were very few temples dedicated to Ares, there was one major temple located in Agora of Athens. This temple was very similar to the Temple of Athena, and it had 38 columns propping up the roof.
Fact 37: The Spartans viewed Ares as a model soldier. They believed completely in his ability as a warrior and as a military tactician and strategist. This is in spite of evidence that suggests Ares wasn’t really very good at the strategy side of war.
Fact 38: Along with his duplicitous nature, and the fact that there is evidence to suggest that he often ran away from battle upon being injured, many scholars believe that Ares may not have been a great warrior after all. And that he used this glorious story of honor and warfare to doop women into having relations with him.
Fact 39: There is evidence to suggest that Ares was worshipped on the Arabian Peninsula as an Arabian God. Unfortunately, nobody knows which Arabian God Ares was supposed to be.
Fact 40: There is a greek stone sculpture of Ares that dates back to 320 BC. That’s over 2300 years ago!
Fact 41: Ares appears in the Disney film Hercules.
Fact 42: Ares is a character in both Marvel comics and DC Universe Comics.
Fact 43: Ares appeared in the 2017 film adaptation of Wonder Woman as the main villain. English Actor, David Thewlis, of Harry Potter fame, had the honor of playing Ares.
Fact 44: Ares plays a prominent role in Sony PlayStation’s God of War series of games.
Fact 45: The Aloadae, two Greek mythology giant brothers called Otus and Ephialtes, kidnapped Ares and trapped him in a bronze Urn for thirteen months.
Fact 46: Ares’ Direct siblings were his sisters Hebe and Eileithyia.
Fact 47: Ares was banished from Mount Olympus after he had an affair with Hephaistos’ wife, Aphrodite.
Fact 48: Some stories in ancient greek mythology tell of fire breathing horses pulling Ares’ chariot.
Fact 49: The Areopagus the Greek god’s version of the court of law. The first time the Areopagus of ever convened was when Ares was tried for the murder of Poseidon’s son, Alirrothios. Ares was found not guilty for his murder as it was later discovered Alirrothios tried to rape Ares’ daughter, Alkippe.
Facts 50: Another Temple dedicated to the worship of Ares has been discovered at an archaeological site in the ancient city of Metropolis in Western Turkey.