In classical Greek mythology he was the spirit personification of death. He and his twin brother Hypnos (sleep) were the children of Night and Darkness. Originally treated as spirits to be feared, these daemons eventually came to be seen as the custodians of peaceful rest. Later depictions show Thanatos (with or without Hypnos) as a beautiful winged youth carrying an inverted torch. Though not considered an actual god, Thanatos was still invoked in the hope of a gentle passing.
Commissioned work, 7.5×12, printed at 2.5×4.