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Red-blooded God of War and Unquenchable Energy

When the Romans re-vamped the Greek Gods to fit in with their Planet Suite, ARES was upgraded to MARS. The bully boy was given a beard to impart greater dignity and his image was endowed with a more user-friendly identity.

He now became the father of ROMULUS and REMUS via a vestal virgin named RHEA-SILVIA. This led to a most important historical act — the founding of Rome.

So if it wasn't for MARS the God of War, there would be no Roman Empire, no Roman Catholics, no Pope and, er, no articles like this.

All that Roman culture did not go to his head. He was still a lusty God of War; just a little more gregarious and willing to patronize farmers and horticulture. You can't beat a bit of cultivation after a good battle. Mustn't let all that bone meal go to waste. And now he has chocolate bars named after him.

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Article last updated on 29 April 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : MARS
Location : Italy and Western Europe
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 861

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