The myth -
Ares, son of Zeus, king of the gods, and his wife, Hera, queen of
the gods, were the Olympian gods of war. The Romans identified Ares with
Mars, also a god of war. Aggressive and blood-thirsty, Ares personified the
brutal nature of war. He was unpopular with both gods and humans. Among the
deities associated with Ares were his consort, Aphrodite, goddess of love and
sex, and such minor deities as Deimos (Fear) and Phobos (Rout), who
accompanied him in battle. Although fierce and warlike, Ares was not
invincible, even against mortals.
The worship of Ares, believed to have originated in Thrace, was not extensive
in ancient Greece, and where it existed, it lacked social or moral
significance. Ares was an ancestral deity of Thebes and had a temple in
Athens, at the foot of the Areopagus, or 'Hill of Ares'.
The character -
Ares has been instrumental in the course of Xena's destiny
since her exile from her home town of Amphipolis. It was with Ares' help
that Xena became the lethal force that she was when she was first introduced
to us as the Warrior Princess.
As selfish and self-centered as Ares is, and
always has been, Xena remains his one true weakness. Since Xena's
emancipation from him, he has never let her out of his site. It has always
been Ares hope that Xena would rejoin him to become the Warrior Queen he so wa
nts her to be. Even in her quest for redemption, Ares is still fascinated
and captivated by the Warrior Princess and will take any opportunity to be
with her.. even if it means siding with her against the Olympians.
Since the birth of Eve, Xena's daughter, Ares has expressed his desire to
be with Xena at all costs. Knowing the god of war the way she does, Xena
disregards Ares as having alterior motives. She is forced, however, to
reconsider the veracity of Ares proclamations of love when he continually
passes up opportunities to destroy Eve, whose birth was to signify the
Twilight of the Olympians. Ares' future with the Warrior Princess is
still in question.
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