European Centre for Mithraic Studies is dedicated to promoting the study and understanding of the great god Mithra. Mithra is an ancient Indo-European god, whose cult flourished in different times all throughout the Indo-European world …
Orphic Hymn LXIV. TO MARS [ARES]
Armilustrium Magnanimous, unconquer’d, boistrous Mars, in darts rejoicing, and in bloody wars Fierce and untam’d, whose mighty pow’r can make the strongest walls from their foundations shake: Mortal destroying king, defil’d with gore, pleas’d with war’s dreadful and tumultuous roar: Thee, human blood, and swords, and spears delight, and the dire ruin of mad savage fight. Stay, furious contests, and avenging strife, whose works with woe, embitter human life; To lovely Venus [Kypris], and to Bacchus [Lyaios] yield, to Ceres [Deo] give the weapons of the field; Encourage peace, to gentle works inclin’d, and give abundance, with benignant mind.