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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"