In Greece, Ares was known as “The God of War.” He is important because he was considered necessary for winning military campaigns. Athena (sometimes spelled Athene) is also considered a goddess of war and wisdom. So while Mars is considered to be the patron of blood and violence, Athene was associated with organization, strategy and planning for success. Ares represents the violent and physically untamed aspect of war. He is the most unpopular god because of his quick temper, aggressiveness, and unquenchable thirst for conflict. Ares is part of the twelve Olympians gods also known as the “Dodekatheon.”
One of the planets in our solar system is named Mars after Ares the Greek god of war. Mars is the Roman name of Ares. The planet Mars has two moons. The moons that orbit Mars are known as Phobos and Deimos. Phobos represents panic and fear while Deimos represents terror and dread. Ares is known as Mars to the Romans. Phobos and Deimos are twins. Mar’s moons Phoboas and Deimos were discovered in 1877 by Asaph Hall.