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Thanatos

Mythology and Literature: – Hesiod and Homer’s depictions of Thanatos as the son of Nyx and brother of Hypnos. – Thanatos’ siblings and associations with […]

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Mythology and Literature:
– Hesiod and Homer’s depictions of Thanatos as the son of Nyx and brother of Hypnos.
– Thanatos’ siblings and associations with other mythological figures like the Moirai and Atropos.
– Instances of Thanatos being outwitted in myths, such as with King Sisyphus and Heracles.
– In Christianity, Thanatos is associated with Moros as the rider of the pale horse in the Apocalypse.

Artistic Depictions:
– Various representations of Thanatos as a winged boy, often carrying symbols like a butterfly, wreath of poppies, or an inverted torch.
– Depictions of Thanatos as a slumbering infant in Nyx’s arms or as a youth with a sheathed sword at his belt.
– Thanatos commonly shown alongside his twin brother Hypnos in art.

Psychological and Medical Perspectives:
– Freud’s concept of the death drive, Thanatos, alongside the life instinct Eros.
– Beliefs about Thanatos compelling individuals towards risky and self-destructive behaviors.
– Disputes among scientists regarding the existence of a specific self-destructive drive in most individuals.

Popular Culture References:
– Instances of Thanatos in popular culture, such as in short stories, songs, novels, and video games like Persona 3.
– Thanatos portrayed as a god of death in various modern works.

Thanatology:
– Study of death among humans, investigating circumstances of death, grief, and social attitudes towards death.
– An interdisciplinary field involving various professions and describing bodily changes post-death.
– Includes concepts like Thanatosensitivity, Thanatosis, and Pale Horseman (Thanatos).

Thanatos (Wikipedia)

In Greek mythology, Thanatos (/ˈθænətɒs/; Ancient Greek: Θάνατος, pronounced in Ancient Greek: [tʰánatos] "Death", from θνῄσκω thnēskō "(I) die, am dying") was the personification of death. He was a minor figure in Greek mythology, often referred to but rarely appearing in person.

Thanatos
Personification of Peaceful Death
Thanatos as a winged and sword-girt youth. Sculptured marble column drum from the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos, c. 325–300 BC.
AbodeUnderworld
SymbolTheta, Poppy, Butterfly, Sword, Inverted Torch
ParentsNyx alone
Erebus and Nyx
Equivalents
Roman equivalentMors

His name is transliterated in Latin as Thanatus, but his counterpart in Roman mythology is Mors or Letum.[citation needed]

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