Ares appears to have been an
object of aversion to all the gods of Olympus, Aphrodite alone excepted. As the
son of Hera, he had inherited from his mother the strongest feelings of
independence and contradiction, and as he took delight in upsetting that peaceful
course of state-life which it was pre-eminently the care of Zeus to establish,
he was naturally disliked and even hated by him.
When wounded by Diomedes, as
above related, he complains to his father, but receives no sympathy from the
otherwise kindly and beneficent ruler of Olympus, who thus angrily addresses
him: "Do not trouble me with thy complaints, thou who art of all the gods
of Olympus most hateful to me, for thou delightest in nought save war and
strife. The very spirit of thy mother lives in thee, and wert thou not my son,
long ago wouldst thou have lain deeper down in the bowels of the earth than the
son of Uranus."
Ares, upon one occasion,
incurred the anger of Poseidon by slaying his son Halirrhothios, who had
insulted Alcippe, the daughter of the war-god. For this deed, Poseidon summoned
Ares to appear before the tribunal of the Olympic gods, which was held upon a
hill in Athens. Ares was acquitted, and this event is supposed to have given
rise to the name Areopagus (or Hill of Ares), which afterwards became so famous
as a court of justice. In the Gigantomachia, Ares was defeated by the Aloidae,
the two giant-sons of Poseidon, who put him in chains, and kept him in prison
for thirteen months.