MORPHEUS, in Roman mythology, one of the sons of Somnus, the god of sleep. He was a personification, apparently invented by Ovid (Metam. xi. 635), of the power that calls up human shapes (ptop^cu) of all kinds to the dreamer. His brothers Phobetor and Phantasus assumed the forms of all kinds of animals and inanimate things.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)