Customarily viewed as little more than a despised berserker deity, discourse surrounding Ares in most modern scholarly work is limited to a discussion of his opposition to Athena or his role as the Butcher. Such a portrayal neglects key aspects of the deity, in particular those assigned to him in Athenian drama. This paper examines appearances of Ares within the Oresteia of Aeschylus, charting the course of his character development from "Old Religion" to the New, and expounding upon the role envisioned for him in the minds of the Ancient Greeks. What emerges from this is not a god despised among his peers, but one whose task serves a vital, necessary function in the continuation of the Athenian state.
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