Ares (Mars), the son of Zeus and Hera, was the god of war, and the
personification of the angry clouded sky. He was more honoured among the Romans under the
name of Mars, than he was among the Greeks under the name of Ares. He delighted in
bloodshed and strife, preferring the sounds of battle to any other music. The ancients did
not love him, but rather were terrified by him, worshipping him because they were afraid.
His attendants or children were: Eris (Discord), Phobos (Alarm), Metus (Fear),
Demios (Dread) and Pallor (Terror). He was also accompanied by his sister,
Enyo (Bellona), the goddess of war. The Romans worshipped Mars and Bellona in the
same temple, frequently sacrificing humans on their altars. In Roman myth, Ares was the
father of Romulus and Remus, who founded Rome.