- the ancient Roman god of sleep, a son of Night and brother of Death.
Examples from the Web for somnus
In a valley among the black Cimmerian mountains the death-god Somnus had his abode.A Book of Myths
To bed we go, and Somnus touches our eyes with his wand of poppies.
The Greek god of sleep and dreams, the son and minister of Somnus.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described
Edward S. Ellis
Ivory Gate.Gate leading from cave of Somnus to outer world, 210, 211.
Horn Gate.Gate leading from cave of Somnus to outer world, 210, 211.
- the Roman god of sleepGreek counterpart: Hypnos
Word Origin and History for somnus
"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").