The Greek God of Fear and Panic
In Greek mythology, Deimos is the son of Ares and Aphrodite and the brother of Phobos. While his brother is the personification of fear and panic, Deimos is the personification of dread and terror. The Roman version of him was called Metus or Formido. It only seems natural when you consider that their father is the god of war.
During times of war, Deimos and his brother would often join their father Ares as they rode his chariot into battle. They also fought alongside the goddess Enyo, the sister of Ares, during their battles.
While Deimos was never actually featured as a character in Greek Mythology, he is often seen as the representation of terror during warfare. His name alone would bring out horror in the minds of soldiers during combat, as he was synonymous with loss, defeat, and dishonor.
Various tales and works also mention Deimos, especially in Homer’s Iliad. One example showed Deimos and his brother Phobos driving their chariots into battle, bringing with them the fear and horror of war that terrified soldiers. Because of this, Deimos is often featured as a representation in various writings and painted on artworks, sometimes shown as an ordinary young man or a lion. After all, he represents much of the terrible things in war.
While great mythological tales rarely mention Deimos, he still left his mark on culture. One of Mars’ moons is named Deimos, while the other is named after his brother Phobos. It comes as no surprise when the name Mars itself is the Roman version of Ares.
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