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MARS Inferior ministers for Mars repair His broken axletrees and blunted war And send him forth again with furbishd arms To wake the lazy war with trumpets loud alarms -- the Iliad block 8 Mars was the Roman god of war He started off as the god of spring youth cattle and nature When the Romans came into contact with the Greeks he became the god of death and eventually war Mars was said to be faithful valorous honorable noble and benevolent though he also took a savage pleasure from bloodshed The hoards slaughtered on the battlefield were said to fill Mars with a twisted excitement As such Mars was more like the Norse god Tyr than his Greek counterpart Ares The red planet known as Mars located fourth from the sun drew its name from the god of war due to its blood-like color The most ancient forms of the name Mars were Maurs Marmar and Marvor which were eventually contracted to MarsThe name came from the Sanskrit mar and the Verdic martus Some of his surnames included Gradivas he who precedes Pater the Father Silvanus he of the forest and Ultor the avenger Mars symbol is a circle with an arrow coming diagonally out of it which is also a symbol for the male gender In American Hobo Signs it means go this way With the circle filled in it is a military sign for grenade or mortar Mars was said to be the father of Romulus and Remus the mythic founders of Rome Thus many Romans styled themselves sons of Mars Martians in a manner of speaking Animals sacred to Mars were the vulture an animal often found in the battlefield the wolf like the she-wolf that raised Romulus and Remus and the dog faithful companion to man even in battle Mars was the son of Jupiter and Juno though legend has it that Juno was fertilized
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