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Thanatos – Personification of Death – Greek mythology


Thanatos from the myths and legends of Greek mythology. The name Thanatos means “Death” from thnēskō “to die, be dying” Thanatos was the Personification of Death. Thanatos was a minor figure in Greek mythology, often referred to but rarely appearing in person. The name Thanatos is transliterated in Latin as Thanatus, but the equivalent of Thanatos in Roman mythology is Mors or Letum. Mors is sometimes erroneously identified with Orcus, whose Greek equivalent was Horkos, God of the Oath and of course there is also Zeus Horkios: he was the keeper of oaths. The Greek poet Hesiod established in his Theogony that Thánatos is a son of Nyx (Night) and Erebos (Darkness) and twin of Hypnos (Sleep) Homer also confirmed Hypnos and Thanatos as twin brothers in his epic poem, the Iliad where they were charged by Zeus via Apollo with the swift delivery of the slain hero “Sarpedon” to his homeland of Lycia. “Then (Apollon) gave him [Sarpedon] into the charge of swift messengers to carry him, of Hypnos and Thanatos, who are twin brothers, and these two presently laid him down within the rich countryside of broad Lycia.” Thanatos is a very interesting god of death, used in the new Avengers movie (Infinity War) but there is more to this than meets the eye as he was an aspect of another much darker god who has many names and faces, all of which are shrouded within the ancient mystery. Please watch the video for more information on Thanatos and many others from Greek mythology and much more at mythology explored by ancient mystery here on youtube.

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