Thanatos   tha na TOOS

Death

Without consort, Nyx (Night) the destructive, brought forth a horde of villainous Immortals. Thanatos was one of that wretched lot.

Nyx’s offspring are described as: horrible, painful, cruel, brooding, mocking and malignant (Theogony, line 212). (The one exception is ‘loving Affection’ who is placed between Deception and Old Age.)

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Brother of Hypnos (Sleep)

Thanatos might be poetically called the brother of Hypnos (Sleep) and the son of Nyx but no matter how you describe him, he is a creature of bone chilling darkness. From on high, Helios (the Sun) never casts his light on Death. (Theogony, line 760)

Hypnos goes kindly among the mortals but, his brother, Thanatos has a heart made of pitiless iron. When he takes hold of you, the world of light ceases to be.

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Thanatos in The Iliad (listed by book and line)

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Thanatos in The Odyssey (listed by book and line)

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