Ares is known as the god of war, with Athena. Athena, however, was goddess of strategy and tactics; Ares was god o the battle – and, as in battle, he was unpredictable and not to be trusted. Aphrodite loved him (and the two of them were tricked by her husband, Hephaestus), but none of the other gods did; they knew he would change allegiances as quickly as the tide on a battlefield could change.

As noted in the Hephaestus story, he and Aphrodite were trapped and shamed in front of the
other Gods when Hephaestus caught them together (Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus).
Ares is usually shown in armor and with weapons. He had two children, Deimos (Fear) and
Phobos (Terror), and would often travel the battlefield with Eris, goddess of discord, and Hades, lord of the underworld. Sacred to Ares were dogs and vultures, which would feed off the dead in the battlefield.

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