Somnus, Hypnos, the god of sleep

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Somnus is a Roman god equivalent to the Greek Hypnos.

Because he aids those in need and owns half of their life as a result of their slumber, he is regarded as a peaceful and gentle deity. Hypnos is often Nyx’s (The Night) fatherless child, while occasionally Nyx’s lover Erebus (The Darkness) is referred to as Hypnos’ father. It is Thanatos, his sibling (“Death”). Pasithea, one of the Charites‘ youngest members, was pledged to him by the goddess of marriage and childbirth Hera. The goddess of relaxation or delusion is Pasithea.

Featured image: Ariadne asleep at Hypnos’s side. Detail of ancient fresco in Pompeii

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