Libation to Ares

Sponsored by the Artemis Mounykhia Proto-demos and Eranos


Held on November 11th, 2006


Officiate 1:


Homeric Hymn To Ares:

“Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden-helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Savior of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defender of Olympos, father of warlike Niké, ally of Thémis, stern governor of the rebellious, leader of the righteous men, sceptered King of manliness, who whirl your fiery sphere among the planets in their sevenfold courses through the aither wherein your blazing steeds ever bear you above the third firmament of heaven; hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth! Shed down a kindly ray from above upon our lives, and strength of war, that we may be able to drive away bitter cowardice from our heads and crush down the deceitful impulses of our souls. Restrain also the keen fury of our hearts which provokes us to tread the ways of blood-curdling strife. Rather, O blessed one, give us boldness to abide within the harmless laws of peace, avoiding strife and hatred and the violent fiends of death.”



As Officiate 2 recites one of the following lines, Officiate 1 and Officiate 3 will pour the preliminary libations alternately:


Officiate 2:


A libation in your honor, Ares Polemistés, “warrior”

A libation in your honor, Ares Miaiphónos, “bloody”

A libation in your honor, Ares Híppios, “of horses”

A libation in your honor, Ares Óbrimos, “strong”

A libation in your honor, Ares Khálkeos, “brazen”

A libation in your honor, Ares Thoúros, “raging”

A libation in your honor, Ares Brotoloigós, “plague of man”

A libation in your honor, Ares Rhinotóros, “shield-piercing”



Officiate 3:


Orphic Hymn to Ares:

“Unbreakable, strong-spirited, mighty and powerful daimon,

delighting in arms, indomitable, man-slaying, wall-battering;

lord Ares, your is the din of arms, and ever bespattered with blood

you find joy in killing and in the fray of battle, O horrid one,

whose desire is for the rude clash of swords and spears.

Stay the raging strife, relax pain's grip on my soul,

and yield to the wish of Kypris and to the revels of Lyasios,

exchanging the might of arms for the works of Deo,

yearning for peace that nurtures youths and brings wealth.”


Officiate 1:


Any special requests or personal devotions from all participants are made at this time.  Participants may step forward and make an offering of whatever they wish.  A few words from the heart should be said out loud, but privacy is also respected.


Officiate 1:


Once everyone is finished with the devotions, in conclusion of the ritual, a final libation is poured, while saying “And so farewell, Ares, armed with bronze. We shall assemble in your honor again.”






Inspired by the Ares libation ritual from the Proto-demos tes Hagnes Persephone (