God of War Mars or Ares Greek Mythological Statue

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God of War Mars or Ares Greek Mythological Statue

God of War Mars statue shows this regal warrior with spear and shield who was also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome.

Second in importance only to Jupiter,  he was the most prominent of the military gods worshiped by the Roman legions. His festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.

Under the influence of Greek culture, Roman Mars was identified with the Greek god Ares, whose myths were reinterpreted in Roman literature and art. But the character and dignity of Mars differed in fundamental ways from that of his Greek counterpart, who is often treated with contempt and revulsion in Greek literature.

Although the center of Mars' worship was originally located outside the Pomerium, or sacred boundary of Rome, Augustus brought the god into the center of Roman religion by establishing the Temple of Mars Ultor in his new forum.

Although Ares was viewed primarily as a destructive and destabilizing force, he represented military power as a way to secure peace, and was a father (pater) of the Roman people.

The importance of Mars in establishing religious and cultural identity within the Roman Empire is indicated by the vast number of inscriptions identifying him with a local deity, particularly in the Western provinces.

From Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

13 inches tall to top of spear / 33.02cm tall
Base: 6.25 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep
15.87cm x 8.89cm