Adorations of Ares


Now, I for one am a guy who really, really hates jumping on any sort of wagon, let alone the bandwagon. However, after seeing quite a few blog posts listing adoration and praises for various gods (Dionysos, PersephoneHephaistos, Apollon and Hekate so far), I can’t NOT do a set for Ares. As it is, I think all these posts would make a fantastic liturgical resource if compiled (hint hint BA members). Hell, I know there would be disappointment from quite a few if I didn’t write a set.

To my knowledge, there isn’t really a sacred numerology associated with Ares. A few prominent numbers crop up in relation to His astronomical associations with the planet Mars (the “third” or “fifth” planet, depending on the source) as well as Scorpio (even though the myth of Scorpio is tied to Artemis), the eighth sign in the zodiac. To that end, I’ll just go until I can go no more. Ares pushes, and so I shall be pushed, not to constrain myself to any set number. As Ares is the Abundant One, so shall be the enumerated adorations offered at His feet.

1. Hail, Ares,  God of war.

2. Hail, Ares, God of battle.

3. Hail, Ares, God of violence.

4. Hail, Ares, God of strife.

5. Hail, Ares, God of victories.

6. Hail, Ares, son of kingly Zeus.

7. Hail, Ares, son of queenly Hera

8. Hail, Ares, lover of golden Aphrodite.

9. Hail, Ares, father of Phobos.

10. Hail, Ares, father of Deimos.

11. Hail, Ares, father of Harmonia.

12. Hail, Ares, father of Eros.

13. Hail, Ares, father of Anteros.

14. Hail, Ares, father of Sparta.

15. Hail, Ares, father of Thebes.

16. Hail, Ares, father of Thrake.

17. Hail, Ares, father of Rome.

18. Hail, Ares, father of drakons.

19. Hail, Ares, companion of Enyo.

20. Hail, Ares, companion of Eris.

21. Hail Ares, companion of Nike.

22. Hail, Ares, companion of Thanatos.

23. Hail, Ares, who slaughters men.

24. Hail, Ares, who inspires fear.

25. Hail, Ares, who inspires courage.

26. Hail, Ares, who inspires victory.

27. Hail, Ares, who inspires justice.

28. Hail, Ares, who inspires order.

29. Hail, Ares, who inspires awe.

30. Hail, Ares, who guides soldiers.

31. Hail, Ares, who guides warriors.

32. Hail, Ares, who guides poets.

33. Hail, Ares, who guides police officers.

34. Hail, Ares, who guides oracles.

35. Hail, Ares, master of the hoplite’s spear.

36. Hail, Ares, master of the hoplite’s shield.

37. Hail, Ares, master of the hoplite’s sword.

38. Hail, Ares, master of the hoplite’s armor.

39. Hail, Ares, master of the chariot.

40. Hail, Ares, master of the phalanx.

41. Hail, Ares, master of the infantry.

42. Hail, Ares, master of the cavalry.

43. Hail, Ares, master of the siege.

44. Hail, Ares, killer of Adonis.

45. Hail, Ares, killer of Halirrhothios.

46. Hail, Ares, killer of the unworthy.

47. Hail, Ares, killer of criminals.

48. Hail, Ares, killer of the unrighteous.

49. Hail, Ares, ally of the Amazones.

50. Hail, Ares, ally of the Brygoi.

51. Hail, Ares, ally of the Illyrians.

52. Hail, Ares, ally of the Phlegyes.

53. Hail, Ares, ally of the Pylians.

54. Hail, Ares, ally of the Trojans.

55. Hail, Ares, keeper of the barn owl.

56. Hail, Ares, keeper of the eagle owl.

57. Hail, Ares, keeper of the vulture.

58. Hail, Ares, keeper of the woodpecker.

59. Hail, Ares, keeper of the serpent.

60. Hail, Ares, who fought the Titans.

61. Hail, Ares, who fought the Greeks.

62. Hail, Ares, who fought the Persians.

63. Hail, Ares, who fought Athene.

64. Hail, Ares, who fought Apollon.

65. Hail, Ares, who fought the Gigantes.

66. Hail, Ares, who fought Herakles.

67. Hail, Ares, who accepts the sacrificial dog.

68. Hail, Ares, who accepts the sacrificial kid.

69. Hail, Ares, who accepts the sacrificial boar.

70. Hail, Ares, who accepts the sacrificial man.

71. Hail, Ares, the Beastly.

72. Hail, Ares, of the horses.

73. Hail, Ares, the Abundant.

74. Hail, Ares, feasted by women.

75. Hail, Ares, the Murderous One.

76. Hail, Ares, the Destroyer of men.

77. Hail, Ares, the Bloodstained.

78. Hail, Ares, who rallies fighting men.

79. Hail, Ares, the Stormer of cities.

80. Hail, Ares, who is insatiable for war.

81. Hail, Ares, the Brazen one.

82. Hail, Ares, armed with bronze.

83. Hail, Ares, the Spear-Wielder.

84. Hail, Ares, the Shield-Piercer.

85. Hail, Ares, the Sharp.

86. Hail, Ares, who fights under shield’s guard.

87. Hail, Ares, the Fleet.

88. Hail, Ares, the Furious.

89. Hail, Ares, the Mighty.

90. Hail, Ares, the Terrible.

91. Hail, Ares, the Lord of War.

92. Hail, Ares, of the golden helm.

93. Hail, Ares, averter of peace.

94. Hail, Ares, averter of rebellion.

95. Hail, Ares, averter of crime.

96. Hail, Ares, averter of evil.

97. Hail, Ares, bringer of peace.

98. Hail, Ares, bringer of life.

99. Hail, Ares, bringer of resolve.

100. Hail, Ares, bringer of hope.

101. Hail, Ares, bringer of redemption.

102. Hail, Ares, bringer of mercy.

103. Hail, Ares, the manly.

104. Hail, Ares, the passionate.

105. Hail, Ares, the fettered.

106. Hail, Ares, my God, my Guide, and my Exemplar.

(Please note that some of these adorations are allusions to myth, others are UPG. Some come directly from Ares’ epithets, while others are extrapolated from myth or historical texts. I used Ares’ page at the Theoi Greek Mythology Project website, and all sourcing comes from that site.)

Permission is given to copy/print/cross-post this page at your leisure, so long as I retain credit as the original author. Spread the good words! Hail Ares!

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10 comments on “Adorations of Ares

  1. This is a great compilation 🙂

    • pthelms says:

      Thanks, that means a lot. I couldn’t help but read everyone else’s and feel the slight tug in the back of my mind to do one, too. I hope it adds some depth to the available liturgical materials out there, and gets people thinking about the conflicting nature of Ares– hence such lines as averter of peace and bringer of peace.

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