Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Morpheus, the god of dreams



Morpheus was the Greek God of Dreams

The Family of Morpheus

Morpheus (=giving form/shape) was one of the thousand sons of Hypnos, the god of Sleep, and Pasithea, the goddess of relaxation and rest. His grandfather was Erebus, the god of Darkness and his grandmother was Nyx, the goddess of the Night.

Morpheus, the Dream-Maker

According to the legend, Morpheus lived in a dark cave very close to the Underworld, surrounded by poppies, flowers known for their soothing properties.

He was represented with wings, which were light but at the same time strong and durable. This way, it was possible for him to fly quietly over people, especially kings and heroes.

Like his name implies, Morpheus would then take various human forms and appear in their dreams so as to reveal messages and prophecies from the gods.

Morpheus in the Modern World

The expression "In the Arms of Morpheus" is used nowadays to describe someone who is asleep and most likely dreaming.
Furthermore, the well-known pain medication Morphine got its name from Morpheus.

The Roman name of Morpheus is "Morfeo"

Morpheus means "the forming" in ancient Greek.



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