Solar System Myths and Lore

Stories About Mars

God of War

Ares in Greek, Roman Mars

To the Norsemen Mars was a one-handed god of war called, Tiu (TEE oo). Tuesday honors the god of war called Mars by the Romans and Ares (ER eez) by the Greeks. "All's fair in love and war" may be a reference to his affair with Venus. The Romans made iron sacred to Mars and often had amulets made from the metal to protect them in battle.

Sometimes Mars was related to agriculture and has his own spring month named after him, March. Spring was also the time the Roman legions began their conquests and, you guessed it, got their march-ing orders. See also Moon Myths.

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