HYPNUS

ΥΠΝΟΣ

The personification and god of sleep, the Latin Somnus, is described by the ancients as a brother of Death (Thanatos), and as a son of Night (Hes. Theog. 211, &c.; Virg. Aen. vi. 277). At Sicyon there was a statue of Sleep surnamed Epidôtês, the giver (Paus. ii. 10. § 2). In works of art Sleep and Death are represented alike as two youths sleeping or holding inverted torches in their hands. (Comp. THANATOS.)