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Pronunciation : than-UH-tohs

(Greek Deity) THANATOS

Also known as THANOTOS, THANATUS
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When in Rome : Letus or Letum

The Greek God of death, son of Nyx and Erebos.

With his dark flowing robe Thanatos didn't look at all out of place amongst his nasty sounding siblings : Retribution (Nemesis), Doom (Moros), Toil (Ponos), Deceipt (Apate), Strife (Eris), Pain (Oizys), Blame and mockery (Momus), Mad rage (Lyassa) and many others. Imagine the Grim Reaper then replace the scythe with wings and a sword - one touch and you're a gonner.

Hades gets a lot of bad publicity but he only looks after those who have contracted a nasty case of death. Thanatos IS death, but rumour has it he is suprisingly gentle.

He once went to find Alcestis after she arranged a switcheroo with the Fates and Apollo for her husbands life but Heracles talked him out of it in his own inimitable way, and he also found himself bound and gagged and trapped in a sack by Sisyphus who just couldn't come to terms with the whole death thing. Maybe he should toughen up?
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Parents : Erebos and Nyx
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Don't know, sorry
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'THANATOS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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