Saturday, 2 April 2016
Mars, God of War
The statue is in a Vienna park. It is an 18th century copy of a Roman statue of Mars.
Ares (or Mars) was the son of Zeus and Hera. The statue in Rome is also a copy. The original Greek statue dates from 320 BC.
There are other copies in Europe. One may be found in the Spandau Borough of Berlin.
My own theory is that the rocks in the asteroid belt and the two captured moons of Mars (which resemble asteroids and not moons) originally comprised a planetoid or large comet that was involved in a collision or near-miss with Mars and that the stresses and electrical discharges of the impact or close encounter broke up the unknown heavenly body.
The event, similar and maybe around the same time as the one here on Earth that destroyed the dinosaurs, would have wiped out most Martian lifeforms.
The face of the God of War was left deeply and forever scarred.
Debris from the event was flung far and wide, and even today Martian asteroids are found here on Earth.
This post is linked to Inspired Sunday