Morpheus 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.
According to legend, Morpheus lived in a dark cave very near
the underworld, surrounded by poppies, known for their calming properties.
He was depicted with wings that were light, but at the same time strong and durable. In this way, he was able to fly silently over people, especially kings and heroes.
As his name suggests, Morpheus then took on various human forms and appeared in their dreams to reveal messages and prophecies from the gods.
The expression "In the arms of Morpheus" is used nowadays to describe someone who is asleep and most likely dreaming.
The well-known painkiller morphine also takes its name from Morpheus.
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