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This article is about the god in Roman mythology. For other uses, see Mars.
"Armored son of the great Jupiter, Mars. Virile god of the wildlands. The Strider, great father (to) the sons of Romulus. Protect and defend us Wolf of Cyrene and grant us your great wisdom."
―a statue inscription on Mars in Cyrene[src]
ACO Mars Statue

Statue of Mars in the Roman Akropolis

Mars was the god of war, destruction, and masculinity in Roman mythology. The equivalent of the Greek god Ares, he was also regarded as the son of Jupiter, and wolves were sacred to him. He was also regarded as the father of Remus and Romulus, the legendary founders of Rome.

By the 1st century BCE, a statue of Mars was erected in a hall situated atop an acropolis in Cyrene, Cyrenaica.[1]

In the 15th century, a small statue of Mars was recovered by the Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Monteriggioni. He found it on a wall of the western-most building closest to the Villa Auditore.[2]



  • The statue of Mars in Origins seems to be based on the real-life statue in the Forum of Nerva, which in turn used a Hellenistic model of the 4th century BCE.



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