Both Ares and Athena were closely related to war. Ares was known for his thirst for battle. Athena, on the other hand, reverted to war only for the purposes of justice, and she preferred peaceful settlements when possible. During the Trojan war, Ares took the side of the Trojans, while Athena took the side of the Greeks.
Ares faced off with Diomedes, the king from Anatolia. Athena borrowed the helm of invisibility from Hades and caused Ares’ spear to go off course. This opened up Ares to a counterattack from Diomedes which deeply wounded Ares. Ares had to leave the battlefield and return to mount Olympus where his wounds were tended by Zeus.
The Combat of Mars and Minerva by Jacques-Louis David Musee du Louvre, Paris
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