Mars was the illegitimate son of Jupiter and Juno, and was not much liked by the other gods of Olympus. He was the king of violent war, battle and also guardian of agriculture. His Greek name, Ares, signified “curse” or “killer”. He is famed for his relationship with Venus. Mars was greatly feared by humans and none in Ancient Greece worshipped him, although he was very popular among the Romans and even had a temple in his name in Rome.