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Ares Miaiphonos

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A paint of the last year :)

In Greek mythology, Ares (Ancient Greek: Ἄρης [árɛːs], Μodern Greek: Άρης [ˈaris]) is the son of Zeus and Hera. Though often referred to as the Olympian god of warfare, he is more accurately the god of bloodlust, or slaughter personified: "Ares is apparently an ancient abstract noun meaning throng of battle, war."

He is also know under this titles:

* Brotoloigos (Βροτολοιγός, ‘Destroyer of men’ );
* Androfontes (Ανδρειφοντης, ‘Killer or men’ );
* Miaiphonos (Μιαιφόνος, ‘Bloodstained’ );
* Teikhesiplêtês (Τειχεσιπλήτης, ‘assailant of walls’ );
* Maleros (Μαλερός, ‘brutal’ );
* Teritas (Θηρίτας, ‘beast" ), by Tero.


He is an important Olympian god in the epic tradition represented by the Iliad. The reading of his character remains ambiguous, in a late 6th-century funerary inscription from Attica: "Stay and mourn at the tomb of dead Kroisos/ Whom raging Ares destroyed one day, fighting in the foremost ranks".

The Romans identified him as Mars, the god of war and agriculture, whom they had inherited from the Etruscans; but, among them, Mars stood in much higher esteem. (See also Athena.)

Among the Hellenes, Ares was always distrusted. Although Ares' half-sister Athena was also considered a war deity, her stance was that of strategic warfare, whereas Ares's tended to be one of unpredictable violence. Athena and Ares were enemies. His birthplace and true home was placed far off, among the barbarous and warlike Thracians, to whom he withdrew after his affair with Aphrodite was revealed.

"Ares" remained an adjective and epithet in Classical times, which could be applied to the war-like aspects of other gods: Zeus Areios, Athena Areia, even Aphrodite.

In Mycenaean times, inscriptions attest to Enyalios, a name that survived into Classical times as an epithet of Ares. Vultures and dogs, both of which prey upon carrion in the battlefield, are sacred to him.

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A God who has always been, still is and always will be worshipped by Mankind through war and violence. BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD ! SKINS FOR HIS SKIN CARPETS !

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...never cared much for shields and spears in a fight 'til the movie 300, which this image clearly reminds me of -- very nice.
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I went to buy fireworks last weekend and i stumble upon this!
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Espiritu-de-DragonHobbyist Digital Artist
Hola genzo, sólo vengo a decir que esta ilustración se usó en league of kings una app de microsoft store, espero que lo hayan hecho con tu permiso, saludos!

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Mars and Venus stood in much higher esteem because the Romans thought of themselves as the Sons and Daughters of Mars and Venus (Maternally through Aenas, paternally through Rhea Silvia.) Plus, warfare for the SENATVS POPVLESQVE ROMANVS was viewed as a necessary thing to secure peace, hence why Mars appears as a protector.
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sinkarazorHobbyist Digital Artist
nice, permit me to share your picture
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The original BAD ASS!!!
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quentinlarsHobbyist General Artist
brilliant... love the Spartan feel to this... truly epic!
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Very nice picture, love it.
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netharowHobbyist General Artist
Hot... just hot....
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OnikintsuProfessional Digital Artist
Crap, gotta FAVE this!! TOO good :D
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Thought I'd let you know your drawing was used here:

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Raakone's avatar
Impressive Ares depiction there!
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DWestmooreHobbyist General Artist
How did Kratos beat this guy again? :D
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Because Kratos was not bound by the afterlife so he could just come back. Plus he used the pwoer within Pandora's Box which is power that could, if unleashed, bring about the apocalypse.
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AstrologeyeProfessional General Artist
Great light & dark contrast, and I love your sharp action like style!
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the problem with Ares is that he's kinda of a misunderstood  god. He causes chaos maybe because he's trying to get his father's attention. Athena has always been seen as the favorite but Ares is his first son. He tries to get stronger to become more powerful than Athena because he wants his father's attention. When in a large family that's probably the only way. But he is similar to Zeus if you look at it. Craves action, becomes stronger to equal father, the misunderstood sibling, ladies man, cares for his kids, son of a powerful god, 
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LordAresWarHobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree to this cause I for one hate being ignored and eben tho im thebonly child my laretns are always saying I should bebmore like my cousin whos in collage
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I have seen this before with a bunch of the god protraits
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Suiyin02Hobbyist General Artist
He's Badass!;) (Wink) 
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eel227Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm sorry i smell a pantheon skin coming.
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eye of the void begone!
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eel227Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am everywhere... 'floats away'
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