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Myths about Mars

Mars was the son of Jupiter and Juno, and was the Roman god of war. Mars was the lover of Venus and the father of the famous Roman heroes Romulus and Remus, who were said to have founded the city of Rome. For that reason, Mars was believed to come to the aid of Romans in times of crisis. He was widely worshiped by Roman legions. The month of March is named after him.
Ares was the Greek god of war. He was identified with the Roman god, <a href="/mythology/mars.html&edu=high&dev=1">Mars</a>.  This marble sculpture, called the "Ludovisi Ares", is a Roman copy after a Greek original from ca. 320 BC.<p><small><em>Ludovisi Collection.  Image courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikipedia Commons, public domain. </em></small></p>

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