The Ancients


Ares: God of War

Ares is the god of war and bloodlust in Greek mythology.One of the twelve Olympian gods, Ares was often depicted as a fierce and bloodthirsty deity - both feared, and revered by the Ancient Greeks. But despite being a major figure in the Greek pantheon, Ares has often been overshadowed by more famous siblings, or legendary heroes. So why in an Ancient society, so defined by warfare, was Ares not a more central figure?

In the latest episode of our special series on Greek Gods and Goddesses, Tristan is joined by Professor Susan Deacy from the University of Roehampton to delve into Ares messy character. Together, they explore the role of Ares in Greek mythology, looking at the first kin-slayer and the reputation he left across history - asking just who was the god of war, and why should we be so afraid of him?

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The Senior Producer was Elena Guthrie

Script written by Andrew Hulse

Voice over performed by Nichola Woolley

The Assistant Producer was Annie Coloe

Edited by Aidan Lonergan

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