The palace of Somnus was a dark cave, where the god lies asleep on a bed of feathers.
In a valley among the black Cimmerian mountains the death-god Somnus had his abode.
Then Somnus pushed him overboard, and he fell; but as he kept his hold upon the helm, it came away with him.
Horn Gate.Gate leading from cave of Somnus to outer world, 210, 211.
Somnus protect me from hearing any but some half dozen orators in both houses!
Ivory Gate.Gate leading from cave of Somnus to outer world, 210, 211.
To bed we go, and Somnus touches our eyes with his wand of poppies.
Nightmares.Attendants of Somnus, crouching in his cave, 210.
The Greek god of sleep and dreams, the son and minister of Somnus.
By the Lacedmonians, the image of Somnus was always placed near that of death on account of their apparent resemblance.
"sleep personified; the god of sleep in Roman mythology," equivalent of Greek Hypnos, son of Night and brother of Death, 1590s, from Latin somnus "sleep, drowsiness," from PIE *swep-no-, from root *swep- (1) "to sleep" (cf. Sanskrit svapnah, Avestan kvafna-, Greek hypnos, Lithuanian sapnas, Old Church Slavonic sunu, Old Irish suan, Welsh hun "sleep," Latin sopor "a deep sleep," Old English swefn, Old Norse svefn "a dream").