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Mythology & Beliefs: Somnus
For Somnus, See Hypnos.

Hypnos in Wikipedia In Greek mythology, Hypnos (Ὕπνος, "sleep") was the personification of sleep; the Roman equivalent was known as Somnus. His twin was Thßnatos (Θάνατος, "death"); their mother was the primordial goddess Nyx (Νύξ, "night"). His palace was a dark cave where the sun never shines. At the entrance were a number of poppies and other hypnogogic plants...

Somnus in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology the personification and god of sleep, the Greek Hypnos, is described by the ancients as a brother of Death (θάνατος), and as a son of Night (Hes. Theog. 211, &c.; Verg. A. 6.277). At Sicyon there was a statue of Sleep surnamed ἐπιδώτης, the giver (Paus. 2.10.2). In works of art Sleep and Death are represented alike as two youths sleeping or holding inverted torches in their hands. (Comp. THANATOS.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

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