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English: Morpheus by Jean-Bernard Restout

Morpheus ("/ˈmɔːrfiəs/ or "/ˈmɔːrfjuːs/) is a Greek "god of "dreams who appears in "Ovid's "Metamorphoses.[1]



The Roman poet "Ovid states in his "Metamorphoses that Morpheus is a son of "Hypnos and reports that he had a thousand siblings, with Morpheus, "Phobetor and "Phantasos being merely the most prominent among them.[2] "Robert Burton, in his 1621 "Anatomy of Melancholy, refers to Classical depictions of Morpheus, saying "Philostaratus paints [Morpheus] in a white and black coat, with a horn and ivory box full of dreams, of the same colours, to signify good and bad".[3] Starting in the "medieval period, the name Morpheus began to stand generally for the god of dreams or of sleep.[4] In "Carl Michael Bellman's "Fredman's Epistle No. 72, ""Glimmande nymf", Morpheus is invoked as the god of sleep.[5]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ovid, "Metamorphoses 11.633 ff.
  2. ^ Ovid (1836) p.54
  3. ^ Burton (2001)(Pr. 2, Sec. 2)
  4. ^ Kearns (1996)
  5. ^ "Britten Austin, Paul. The Life and Songs of Carl Michael Bellman: Genius of the Swedish Rococo. Allhem, Malmö American-Scandinavian Foundation, New York, 1967, pages 87–88. "ISBN "978-3-932759-00-0


External links[edit]

Morpheus – The God of Dreams

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