When we look at these pics, we see Lord Ares' handsome face, his beautiful pecs, his perfect cock and balls, with pubic hair and foreskin and his glans poking out of his 'skin, his praeputium, his hooded soldier -- all lovingly rendered ;

and on his left cheek, beneath his thick blond head hair, we see his beard starting to grow in ; and if you compare the pic of his pubic hair with that of his beard, you'll see that they're similar -- the hair of the beard is more like pubic hair than head hair.

And both the Greeks and the Romans, but particularly the Romans, understood that.

So the model, the athlete-combatant model for Lord Ares used by the sculptor Alkamenes, was a big, strong, handsome -- but still adolescent -- guy, with a massive chest with a cleft in it, big arms and shoulders, and a really powerful lower body -- strong glutes and hams.

He would have trained in pankration, and wrestling, and boxing ; indeed, he might have been a boxer -- if you look at the close-up of his face, you'll see that he has a strong, smooth, boxer's jowl -- an iron chin:

And he could have been a Victor in any or all of the Fight Agonia.

He was nineteen -- his beard was just coming in and he was just finishing his ephebic training --

He was nineteen -- the most graceful time of youth -- and full of Charme -- Joy of Battle, Eagerness for Combat -- and Pugnacitas -- Battle Lust, the Longing to Fight.

He was -- and remains -- Valorous and Violent and Beautiful to Behold.

Bill Weintraub

December 27, 2022

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