Sandro Botticelli: "Venus and Mars." The painting shows Venus resting
contentedly. Little satyrs honk horns and play about
Mars, as he sleeps.
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Image courtesy of the Trustees, The National Gallery, London.
Mars was the Roman god of war. He was called Ares
in Greece. The month of
March was named after him. Romans believed that March was the season of
Mars was the father of Romulus and Remus, the founders of the city of Rome. For that reason, Mars was considered the protector of the Romans.
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