Mors

 


Mors was the Roman god of death who replaced the Greek god Thanatos, and according to legend was one of the twin sons of Nyx. He resided in a portion of the remote cave provided by Somnus, the god of sleep, beside the river Lethe. Ovid depicts him as a hideous and cadaverous figure dressed in a winding sheet and holding a scythe and an hour glass. He became known particularly through Lacedaemonian culture where twin statues of Mors and Somnus were placed side by side. A.G.H.


Source:

Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 170