Study Guide

Thanatos Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

The Iliad by Homer

Thanatos and his brother Hypnos were big-time heroes when they took the body of Sarpedon peacefully away from the battlefield in Homer's epic poem about the Trojan War.


Dec 20, 2019

Alcestis by Euripides

In this play, Thanatos is totally humiliated when Heracles beats him in wrestling, allowing Alcestis to avoid death. (Yeah, this is definitely not Thanatos's favorite play.)

Dec 20, 2019

God of War Series

In this gory video game, Thanatos is eventually slain by the mighty Kratos. Ouch.

Dec 20, 2019

The Incredible Hercules

Thanatos shows up to do some major psychopomping in this Marvel comic book.

Dec 20, 2019

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

In this installation of the Heroes of Olympus series, Thanatos ends up chained to a glacier, which causes all kinds of problems. (You'd think Thanatos wouldn't let himself get chained again after that embarrassing Sisyphus incident…)

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