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Reference note:  Ares

Unlike his Roman counterpart, Mars, he was never very popular, and his worship was not extensive in Greece. He represented the distasteful aspects of brutal warfare and slaughter. From at least the time of Homer—who established him as the son of the chief god, Zeus, and Hera, his consort—Ares was one of the Olympian deities; his fellow gods and even his parents, however, were not fond of him (Iliad, Book V, 889 ff.). Nonetheless, he was accompanied in battle, by his sister Eris (Strife) and his sons (by Aphrodite) Phobos and Deimos (Panic and Rout). Also associated with him were two lesser war deities: Enyalius, who is virtually identical with Ares himself, and Enyo, a female counterpart.


Ares’ worship was largely in the northern areas of Greece, and, although devoid of the social, moral, and theological associations usual with major deities, his cult had many interesting local features. At Sparta, in early times, at least, human sacrifices were made to him from among the prisoners of war. In addition, a nocturnal offering of dogs—an unusual sacrificial victim, which might indicate a chthonic (infernal) deity—was made to him as Enyalius. During his festival at Geronthrae in Laconia, no women were allowed in the sacred grove, but at Tegea he was honoured in a special women’s sacrifice as Gynaikothoinas (“Entertainer of Women”). At Athens he had a temple at the foot of the Areopagus (“Ares’ Hill”).

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Ares, classical sculpture; in the National Roman Museum, Rome.
Anderson—Alinari/Art Resource, New York
The mythology surrounding the figure of Ares is not extensive. He was associated with Aphrodite from earliest times; in fact, Aphrodite was known locally (e.g., at Sparta) as a war goddess, apparently an early facet of her character. Occasionally, Aphrodite was Ares’ legitimate wife, and by her he fathered Deimos, Phobos (who accompanied him into battle), Harmonia, and—as first told by Simonides in the 6th century BCE—Eros, god of love. By Aglauros, the daughter of Cecrops, he was the father of Alcippe. He was the sire of at least three of Heracles’ adversaries: Cycnus, Lycaon, and Diomedes of Thrace. On vases, Ares is usually the typical armed warrior. The Parthenon frieze contains a group of Olympians, among whom Ares, in unwarlike garb, has been tentatively identified. He also appears on the great frieze of the altar at Pergamum.


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***************************************** The First Gathering, The Wrath, The Return Of Zeus ( "Wherein Fate and Destiny Reign Over Blind Worship ) Else the throngs of mortals find the truth, teeming in the angry hordes they may, forget to pay alms and worship us all, instead learn to burn their own flame; Dare they become gods of their own creation, rule as they may with greater might see in the night sky a greater heaven with blinded power plot another course- once lit the fires of power will never cease our reign will quickly fade! Then spoke Ares, brothers the answer is war we must teach them war is the way that greed and lust are to be glorified that obtaining ever greater wealth the true goal, we dare not do otherwise Aphrodite then rose, Her beauty awed even the Gods, She laughed and declared war is not the answer we must gift those of mortal flesh love, carnal pleasures and nights of heavenly delights they may then build more temples in my name and marvel at our divine wisdom Hera could stand no more, how dare they ignore her power not consult her in this new game knowing mighty Zeus was galaxies away She sought to gain more influence with the lesser Gods as her jealousies were legion and her heart as cold as the frozen North she bellowed, punish them is the way plagues and pestilence to ride along with- War let Death exert its powers! Phobos and Deimos next rose to speak, in unison favoring Hera's dark call and their father's passion for - War singing of the beauty of blood and gore the humbling of all mankind that they would again pray to the mighty gods look to Olympus and bow in enslavement; At that moment, a lightning bolt struck the temple pillars from above an angry voice roared - Cease! you have angered he that must never be challenged I Zeus, will allow none of your wicked schemes bow now to me, so my wrath may subside and banishment from Olympus may not be on your heads As all bowed, Zeus appeared, with his blazing sword drawn these earthbound creatures of weaken flesh are mine war is allowed only when I command Ares, leave now else the fires of my wrath I may sate as Ares fled, Hera hurriedly walked away Phobos and Deimos begged for forgiveness mighty Zeus calmed. Below the city saw the fires of the volcano erupt the citizens all fell into a panic crying out, mighty Zeus please save us suddenly the eruptions ceased the masses raced into the temples giving thanks and paying alms Zeus smiled and said, now graze on the bounty below know this, your time shall come war and death will be your swords greed and lust shall rule and you too will then feel the pain and the immense darkness of being gods! Then Death spoke, Zeus, you live a thousand years as a day your time shall one day come my power shall vanquish yours enjoy this fleeting moment for yours and man's future holds many surprises. Silence reigned, centuries flew by and in the echoes of yesterdays dark whispers and sadness in hidden realms hold sway. Robert J. Lindley, 1-20-2021 Classicism, ( A tale born of inspiration and poetic musings ) Note - My having yesterday read Keith O.J. Hunt's magnificent poem titled, "Land of the seven suns" stirred my soul and woke my muse. When my muse shouted wake from thy abandonment of hope, Pick up pen and let the dead gods of old speak! I was shocked at the passion the muse displayed' And with some apprehension did as I was bade to do. Giving thanks to my dear friend Keith. Such inspiration is indeed A golden gift. Quotes: Zeus does not bring all men’s plans to fulfillment. – Homer Chorus: Zeus, who guided men to think who laid it down that wisdom comes alone through suffering. Still there drips in sleep against the heart grief of memory; against our pleasure we are temperate. – Aeschylus In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent. – Toni Morrison

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Date: 1/25/2021 11:29:00 PM
Bravo Robert! Deserves many reads! I am so honored by your superb inspiration by my poem Land of the Seven Suns and the result speaks for itself! Keep the faith:)
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Date: 1/26/2021 5:17:00 AM
Thank you my friend. The inspiration your poem gifted me is indeed a precious gift. And great poetry inspires both readers and writers of poetry. You have my sincere thanks for that and as well our friendship and past collaborations! God bless...
Date: 1/24/2021 10:37:00 AM
*And the modern Gods laugh poisoning wells. *While the blinded throngs hide under sad stones. *From the deepest pits come magical spells. * To birth new sins from which we must atone.* *Blackness, its powers hold millions as slaves. *As this world races towards its near doom.* Freed from our chains by sleeping in new graves. *We marvel at our spacious new room......... Just had to get this one in... Came to me like a shot..
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Date: 1/27/2021 7:46:00 AM
Thanks for the comment my friend. Perhaps I should use that fragment and complete it as a poem? God bless..
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Date: 1/26/2021 6:02:00 AM
Virtuoso indeed! ----no poet sculps more swiftly as thee my friend; nor has more gems falling from his pockets! --- ' To birth new sins from which we must atone.* ' Doesn't come any better baby...'
Date: 1/23/2021 12:47:00 AM
Superb! The depth of knowledge and expertise here is incredible, (though your "usual" par excellance), and you have woven it with such imagery and phrasing that leaves one craving more! And look at all the comments - you are still revered here, my friend, and rightly so ... it heartens me to see it! ( I have five comments COMBINED from my last SIX poems, though I feel I'm writing better than ever - it is discouraging, though I try to let it go). Blessings, Brother!
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:49:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Yes, seems to me too oft many great poems are ignored or not given their just dues. Maybe it is the volume of new poetry flowing in. I have no clue why oft truly great poetry is not commented on. Covid, and other factors play a part. Know this, I myself wish that I could write as well as you do... Keep writing my friend, your poems will definitely stand the test of time!! God bless.
Date: 1/22/2021 8:36:00 PM
Robert, A tacit telling of the foibles of heaven and earth. In all under the stars we're weighed, measured, and found wanting. Even toward a better doom. -Richard
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:45:00 AM
Thank you my friend. You have summed it up so very well. From history, from mythology we can learn so very much. To me it is a true shame that our public schools have fled away from that, imho. Sad that poetry is being placed further and further away from the young students' minds.. As is the proper teaching of Literature, imho. A sad path to have taken but such is the growth of so-called modern enlightenment. God bless...
Date: 1/22/2021 1:41:00 PM
I agree with Emile and Chantelle...a MASTERPIECE, my friend, ~ Elaine
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:41:00 AM
Thank you mu friend. I hope you will read my new poem presented this morn and perhaps enjoy it as well. It is from 1993 and inspired by a verse from Alice In Chains song, the title-- Man In Chains. As such moved me very deeply because I too was once was in chains. I was blessed to have found the light that broke my chains.. And to have survived to carry on with a new life, new hope and a new journey through this far too oft dark world. God bless..
Date: 1/22/2021 10:50:00 AM
A surreal rhapsody of poetic color that fills the canvas of the mind, with it’s stoic beauty! A true masterpiece my friend, Emile
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:36:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I love that description- "stoic beauty"! Truly a gift and much appreciated my friend. This poem being a current creation such gives me hope that I have not lost my way! God bless..
Date: 1/21/2021 2:17:00 PM
Robert, you certainly rank among the erudite. The series of tributes you create are amazing ~
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:30:00 AM
Thank you my friend, your comment is indeed a very much appreciated gift. I have slowed down as of late because of family matters and also my own health issues. But I do try my best to still write, read, reply contribute and be a part of this the best poetry on the internet. Best because of its many very fine poets! God bless..
Date: 1/21/2021 10:22:00 AM
Nothing of greatness has ever been achieved nor will with war. The taking of territories and material treasures, always brings death and destruction, mostly to those who do not ask nor wish to participate in war. The Gods fought just as men in these fables from the past; one day our civilization will be a fable. Let us hope the great libraries and records full of us, are not burnt to cinders. Aphrodite seemed to possess not only beauty but what some may refer to as the Christ Consciousness. As always Lindley, on point.
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:27:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Yes it most certainly has an element of "Christ Consciousness" within its verses and theme. As such can not be omitted from the history and advancement of mankind. Nor that of the subject of the ancient pagan religions/ mythologies, etc. When one points out the dark they must also shine the light. Greek mythology has always fascinated me and I have written many poems based ion that theme. Maybe a few dozens over time not presented here. God bless.
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Date: 1/21/2021 11:17:00 AM
Trust all well on the homefront with your beautiful, brave wife (and son). For you, "They say Aslan is on the move, perhaps he has already landed..." Keep the faith. xx
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Date: 1/21/2021 10:54:00 AM
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Date: 1/21/2021 3:46:00 AM
Hello Robert, quite an outstanding verse. Wonderfully complex! I think you are a genius with your heavenly, mythological pen. Plus an educator as well. Love, Panagiota- xxxooo
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:22:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I was lucky to have had so very many excellent teachers from my school years over 5 decades ago. Back when literature was taught and taught very well , imho. Why even poetry was taught in high school and even in elementary school back then! God bless...
Date: 1/21/2021 2:02:00 AM
Greek mythology is always an interesting subject that draws the reader in Robert, you never disappoint us and your muse was well inspired.So well written. Tom
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:20:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I am so glad to be able to get back here to reply, and post my new blog and a new poem grabbed from my poetry archive.. God bless..
Date: 1/21/2021 12:54:00 AM
Poetry from a long time ago, yet i read into each god, today. Extremely well wrote poetry Robert, and so interesting. The subject matter superb.....
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:18:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Your words cheer this old poet and are indeed a gift. We in this modern world can learn much from history, ancient Greece, mythology , philosophers, historians and poets. Too bad that our modern public schools have fled away from that.. God bless.
Date: 1/20/2021 8:45:00 PM
Well written, my friend!
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:15:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I have written many poems based on mythology, Greek, Roman, Viking, Native American. Definitely a favorite subject of mine and one that contains a treasure trove of inspiration. God bless..
Date: 1/20/2021 7:53:00 PM
A well composed poem, Robert, thank you for drawing my attention towards it, may you write many more such strong poetry:)
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:13:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I truly believe this modern world should look back to the old poets more! And as well look back to Greece and Athens for the enlightenment gifted the world. Far too much of what we think is profound thinking is actually a grievous error in vanity. History teaches that reality if it is studied and properly analyzed. Poetry teaches as well, when it has purpose and is created to give, to teach , to be true art. God bless.
Date: 1/20/2021 6:51:00 PM
Mythology is so fascinating to me. "Aphrodite declared, war is not the answer" I would have to agree with part of her thoughts. "Carnal Pleasures" is not the answer, but love is. Seems War is the answer in our world today. So sad indeed. You have created a Masterpiece my dear friend. This is so beautifully written and presented. My best to you. ~ Brandy
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Date: 1/24/2021 7:09:00 AM
Thank you my friend, we can learn a lot from Greek/Roman mythology. So much about what lead up to the enlightenment given to us by Greece, Athens in particular and its famous Orators, philosophers, poets, sculptors, painters and other artisans. I to this day still study that. As is evident by many of my poems both old and new..