Ares, the Greek God of War, corresponding to the Roman Mars. He was the son of Zeus and Here, cruel, and bloodthirsty in character, and not beloved either by gods or men. Thrace and Scythia were his favourite haunts, and possibly his worship was introduced thence, for he plays no conspicuous part in the legends of Hellas, nor does he anywhere seem to be mixed up with local traditions. There was a temple to him at Athens, and in Sparta, as in Scythia, it is said that human sacrifices were offered in his honour. He figures in the Iliad as a combatant, and was wounded by Diomed.