So I’ve decided to do this whole Pagan Blog Project thingy for 2013 in an attempt to be more personable and community-oriented. So, for those new to reading my blog, I’m going to post about the subject of both my worship and blog: Ares.
Ares is the Olympian god of warfare, murder, masculinity, abundance, horses, and weapons, among other things. According to Hesiod, he is one of the first (and one of few legitimate) sons of Zeus by Hera. Said to be over 700 feet tall in the Iliad, Ares is a hulking, brutally strong figure who is said to blanket his bed in the skins of the men he killed. He is described by Homer as one of the most hated gods in existence, though he has received worship since at least the time of the Minoans and Mycenaeans as attested by offering lists in Linear B script.
Though thought of as rarely worshiped by the ancients, Ares had numerous cult centers spanning Italy, Greece, and Asia Minor, including his own oracle. However, artifacts of Ares are hard to identify accurately because his statues can be mistaken for statues of regular warriors if they do not bear inscription. Many later depictions, especially those of Roman origin (which I do not like) , often depict Ares as beardless and youthful, and these make up the bulk of those that survive. A common theme, especially of more traditionally Greek depictions, show Ares in chains.