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What's in a Dream?

Yes, Greek mythology even explains how we have dreams. It's an interesting little myth if anything.

It all begins with Hypnos, the god of sleep and son of Erebus and Nyx. His four sons, the Oneiroi, control everything in our dreams. His sons of course are Morpheus, Icelus, Phobetor, and Phantasos. Below is a description of each.

  • Morpheus - Morpheus is the primary god of dreams. He is the one who shapes your dreams and the inhabitants within them.
  • Icelus - Icelus is the one who shapes humans in your dreams.
  • Phobetor - Phobetor is the one who shapes animals in your dreams. Usually frightening ones (from his name, we get the term "phobia" meaning fear).
  • Phantasos - Phantasos is the one who creates dead, lifeless, and/or inanimate things in your dreams. It's from his name we get the word "Phantom" from, meaning apparition.

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|Legend of Apollo| |Tale of Arachne/The Fates| |How Zeus Came to Power| |12 Trials of Heracles| |Achilles: Legendary Warrior| |Dark Side of Greek Myth| |Myth Behind Winter & Spring| |Tale of Pandora| |Narcissus & Echo| |Apple of Discord| |Hera's Revolt vs Zeus| |Origin of the Zodiac| |Mythology of the Planets| |Aphrodite: Goddess of Beauty| |Artemis: Goddess of the Hunt| |Poems of Greek Myth| |Legend of Perseus|