This is a point of view I've not seen! I find Aphrodite's main boons fairly mediocre on their own (although there are some good duo combos), and she has some good support boons (like extra max HP early on). Ares, however, is reliably good. I've done 32 heat but no more room to discuss here!
To be fair Ares is technically more the god of blood lust while Athena is more the proper warfare; and funny enough Aphrodite (pre-Homer altering the Iliad when he wrote it down in a suspicious manner), was also a goddess of war, Aprhrodite Aria, she is Ishtar come to Greece after all.
@SamuelMeasa TBF, Greek mythology would also tell teach you to avoid trouble (or interest) with Aphrodite. She is arguably one of the strongest and most terrible Gods in the Pantheon.
Also, you don't want to side against Aphrodite in a Trial of the Gods. Her attach is really hard to dodge and hurts
Ares boons are good... IF you can get the boon that makes Doom stack/skip ahead in its timer when you re-apply it, instead of restarting. Blade vortexes are also great for damage if you can get some extra power behind them.
For Ares I mostly like his cast boon (which creates a vortex) + the dual boon with Artemis that makes it follow elemies. If you upgrade vortex with extra damage or pull in enemies boons then you can cast them and stay away as enemies melt in the vortex
Yeah, Aphrodite is really frightening sometimes. A melee weapon boosted for speed by Hermes + Aphordite's melee + Aphrodite's legendary (chance of charm on weak) makes bosses just stand around helplessly while you kill them.
Oh, Ares is really OP, you just have to combo him with Athena so that you can instantly trigger doom and the reapply it for a constant stream of unblockable chip-damage while Athena's boons keep you alive. It's also funny that you focus on the bow, which is the worst weapon in the game by far...