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Was Mars on Mount Olympus?

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The Roman god Mars was not on Mount Olympus, but his Greek counterpart lived there. Ares, the Greek god of war, lived among the other Olympians: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hermes, Dionysus and Hephaestus.

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In Greek mythology, Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera, and he is Aphrodite's lover. His temper and untamed violence contrast with Athena's focus on military intelligence and strategic movement. He fathered more than 50 children, including Phobos, whose name means "Fear;" Deimos, meaning "Terror;" and Adrestia, meaning "Revenge."

Worship of Ares' strength and resilience was not widespread. Statues and temples were located in Sparta, Athens, Geronthrae, Tegea and Thebes.

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