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MARS

Picture of the Roman War God MARS from our Roman mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Roman War God

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.

You’d think the least the Romans could do for their splendid deity would be to name a day after him. And they did. But oddly enough, as you may have noticed, we don’t have Marsday in the calendar — instead his Germanic equivalent TIW snuck in there instead. Now poor old MARS just has chocolate bars named after him.

MARS FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : MARS
Location : Italy and Roman Europe
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : War
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 16733

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Article last updated on 28 January 2014 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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