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The drowsy deity of dreams

"I met at eve the Prince of Sleep, his was a still and smiling face." The sleepy son of HYPNOS and PASITHEA, MORPHEUS is also the nephew of THANATOS, the God of Death. This gives him a very good pedigree in the Greek Slumberland World.

While his brothers PHOBETOR and PHANTASOS veer toward the more bizarre scenarios, MORPHEUS specializes in ultra-realistic dreams — of the kind where you find yourself naked at the office party.

When he stands beckoning in the twilight of your dreams, girls looking for nocturnal pleasure will be unlucky, for they will be very much on their own. We reckon further research needs to be done on this beckoning business.

Of his private life, very little is known. He sleeps in a darkened cave with Poppy, but who is she? Vague rumors circulate that this could be Opium Poppy. Which explains a lot.

Yet in most tomes of Greek geekishness he is a sadly neglected figure. Scholars appear to have dozed off at the very mention of his name and indexes bear witness to this indolence.

Perhaps MORPHEUS himself has encouraged this fading dream memory with his metaphorical metamorphosis into a shadowy handsome figure waiting in the wings of the dusk.

His legacy is Morphine, named after him and found in most medical works, so think of him as medical history. He is also known as the Sandman, but you can call him Sandy for short.

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Article last updated on 21 March 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 2434

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