Ares - God of Arrogance

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Ares is known as the god of war in Greek mythology (Alys 148). Mythology, of course, is the study of myths. While Ares was really part of a religion, he also ties into mythology because the stories of the gods are exactly what they are described to be: stories. In Greek mythology, he is known as a rather unimportant character, as he didn’t actually narrate many stories (Hamsen 113). The ones he did play a lead role in were often the ones where he was defeated or bested by another character. He was often outdone in battle, despite his status as a war god. He maintained constant rivalries with many of the gods, particularly Athena, goddess of war and wisdom (Alys 152.) Because of his constant fighting, he was never a respected god; however, Mars, Ares’s Roman counterpart, was heavily favored by his followers (Jordan 191). Ares was known for being a cruel god, and a bloodthirsty one at that (Alys 148). Most gods hated him, but Ares shared a special form of hatred between Athena and himself. They were both war gods, but each of them had a different view on war itself. As goddess of wisdom, Athena was a master strategist in battles, winning efficiently without much bloodshed. Ares on the other hand, used his brute strength and physical prowess to triumph in battle. He was not known for his brains, and because of that he was ridiculed frequently by Athena, who didn’t consider him strong or savvy. While Athena frequently won battles, Ares frequently lost. Strategy was never his strong suit, and it certainly wasn’t on his side (Hathaway 221). He was widely regarded as a weakling, and his frequent defeat certainly didn’t help out his image. Two sons of Poseidon known as Ephialtes and Otus overpowered Ares, and trapped him in a bronze jar,... ... middle of paper ... ...Because of who Ares is, he was never seen with respect from the Greeks and probably never will be; even so, the stories that he does have a narrative role in teach humility. It is often said that an arrogant man cannot teach humility, yet Ares had managed to do it through defeat. All in all, the god teaches an important lesson despite his brutal attitude. Work Cited Caviness, Alys. “Ares.” Ed. C Scott Middleton. Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology. New York: Michael Cavendish, 2005. 148-153. Print. Hansen, William. Handbook of Classical Mythology. Westport: ABC-CLIO. 2004, 113-115. Print. Hathaway, Nancy. The Friendly Guide to Mythology. New York: Penguin Publishing Group, 2003. 220-222. Print. Jordan, Michael. Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses. New York: Facts on File, 2004. Print. Nardo, Don. Greek and Roman Mythology. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1997. 76. Print.
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