On the island of Naxos, a bronze jar marked the place where Ares was allegedly held prisoner by the Aloadai, the giant twin sons of the god Poseidon and Iphimedeia, after Ares had murdered the lover of goddess Aphrodite, Adonis.
In stories about the Amazons, it was said that their queen Hippolyta was granted a belt by Ares, which aroused the desire for battle for each strike struck. During the Peloponnesian War, an armor set inspired by and dedicated to Ares was also worn, and eventually ended up in the possession of the Spartan misthios Kassandra.
It was said of Ares that he loved "war and its horror for their own sake."
Symbols and sacred things
Ares is always depicted helmeted and armed, ready for war.
During the Peloponnesian War, a Follower of Ares sent Harpalos a letter, giving the god the epithets 'the Bloodstained', 'the Destroyer', 'the Stormer of Cities', and 'He Who Rallies Men'. These are all present in Homer's Iliad.
Behind the scenes
The mural depicting Ares in a chariot in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is based on a painting on an amphora from Late Classical period, depicting the Battle of the Giants and Gods. Notably, Aphrodite and their son Eros have been omitted, and Ares is shown riding the chariot of Dionysos instead of his own.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Naxos: Bronze Vessel of Ares
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Areopagus
- ↑ Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece – Korinthia: The Belt of Hippolyta
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – A Growing Sickness
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Arkadia: The Stymphalian Birds
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Follower's Note