Mars was the Roman god of war. He was identified with Greek god Ares, also a god of war, but Mars was much more respected in Rome. Mars was son of Jove by Jove’s wife Juno, or son of Juno with no father.

Identifications with Other GodsEdit

Mars was one of the traditional Planetary Gods and so identified with the German war god known as Tīw by the Old English and as Týr among the Old Norse. See Tidea for more information.

Mars in the Estoire del Saint GraalEdit

Mars was one of the gods worshiped by King Evalach and his people in Sarras in a temple. When Josephes challenges Evalach about his gods, they are silent, except for a devil who was in the statue of Mars who claims that a Christian among them has bound Apolin so that he has no power. Then, by Josephes’ power the devil leaves the statue and breaks all the other statues. The devil admits that neither he nor his fellow deities can heal a man who has lost his sight and speech and that they know nothing of future events.

Mars in the Prose TristanEdit

In the beginning of the Prose Tristan it is recorded that shortly before Christianity came to Cornwall, in the city of Norholt in that country there were four temples, dedicated singularly to Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Apolin. (PT:Cur. I.173)

Some Name VariationsEdit

LATIN: Mars; FRENCH: Mars, Martis, Martys.

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