Morpheus ( or / / ) is a / / god of dreams who appears in Ovid's . Morpheus has the ability to take any human form and appear in dreams. His true semblance is that of a winged Metamorphoses daemon, imagery shared with many of his siblings. Starting in the medieval period, the name Morpheus began to stand generally for the god of dreams or of sleep. [1 ]
In Ovid [ edit ]
The Roman poet
Ovid states in his that Morpheus is a son of Metamorphoses Somnus and reports that he had a thousand siblings, with Morpheus, Phobetor and Phantasos being merely the most prominent among them. [2 ]
Appearances [ edit ]
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morphine is named after him. He is spoken with in
Sir Philip Sidney's . Astrophil and Stella He is referred to in
Edmund Spenser's (1590). He sleeps on an The Faerie Queene ebony bed in a dimly lit cave, surrounded by poppy flowers. Morpheus is one of the many names of
Dream, the principal character in Neil Gaiman's comic book series, . The Sandman Morpheus is featured in episode 3, season 1 of
, where he is the object of worship of a corrupted dream cult. Xena: Warrior Princess Morpheus brings the night sky to the fields of
Mt. Olympus in the Pastoral Symphony segment of Disney's . Fantasia Morpheus is also referred to in "
Comatose (In the Arms of Slumber)" from the album by Desireless Eagle-Eye Cherry. Morpheus makes an appearance in
by The Last Olympian Rick Riordan – the fifth book of his series - as the god of dreams. He puts all of New York City to sleep. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Morpheus is an
unseen character in the video game, . God of War: Chains of Olympus Morpheus is mentioned in the song "The Safest Way Into Tomorrow" by
Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Reference is also made to his wings which he is "offering" in the song (to the person being addressed). In the film
(1999), The Matrix Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne) is the leader of a team of free humans and enables Neo to wake up from his "dream".
, a comic about a boy's surreal dreams, includes a supporting character named Little Nemo in Slumberland King Morpheus.
Project Morpheus is a NASA project, to develop a lunar lander test-bed, that was named after the god Morpheus. Morpheus appears in Disney's
, voiced by Hercules Jonathan Katz. "Morpheus" is a
sonata for viola and piano written by Rebecca Clarke.
References [ edit ]
Griffin, A. H. F. (1997), A Commentary on Ovid, Metamorphoses XI, Hermathena, 162/163, Dublin, JSTOR 23041237 .
Kearns, E. (1996), "Morpheus", in S. Hornblower & A. Spawforth (eds.), Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd rev. ed.), Oxford, ISBN 9780198661726 .
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