ARES (AIR-eez) was the
god of war, or more precisely of warlike frenzy. Though an immortal
deity, he was bested by Heracles in battle and was almost killed when
stuffed into a jar by two giants. When another hero wounded him during
the Trojan War, he received scant sympathy from his father Zeus.
He is considered murderous and bloodstained, but also a coward. When caught in an act of adultery with Aphrodite, her husband Hephaestus is able publically ridicule him. His bird is the vulture. His animal is the dog.
By trickery, Ares killed the beautiful youth Adonis, the beloved of Aphrodite. Jealous of Adonis and aware of his passion for hunting, Ares transformed himself in to a boar and had Adonis hunt for him. Turning quickly he ran upon Adonis and killed him.
Ares loved and was loved, more or less,
by Aphrodite. Once, when he was with Aphrodite, Hephaestus caught
him. Ares had placed the youth, Alectryon as a guard. Vexed at the boy’s
neglect of his task, he changed him into a cock.