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Letus (also known as Mors) is the Roman counterpart of Thanatos. As Letus, he becomes more disciplined, militaristic, and warlike. In ancient Roman myth and literature, Mors is the personification of death. Letus' antithesis is personified as Vita (Life).

History

In one story, Hercules fought Mors in order to save his friend's wife. In other stories, Mors is shown as a servant to Pluto, ending the life of a person after the thread of their life has been cut by the Parcae and of Mercury, messenger to the gods, escorting the dead person's soul or shade, down to the Underworld's gate.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

While Letus is the Roman form of Thanatos, Hazel explains that the Roman Legion refer to him by the Greek name Thanatos. This is because Letus is a god of death, so they prefer him to stay Greek.

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Thanatos, his Greek counterpart

Trivia

  • Letus is the Latin word for Death.
  • Depictions of the Crucifixion of Christ sometimes shows Mors standing at the foot of the cross.
  • Hazel claims that when it comes to Death, the Romans let him stay Greek.
  • Letus is where lethal, an English word meaning 'Causing death' came from.
  • The French word Mort (the 't' is silent) which means Death is derived from Thanatos' other Roman name, Mors, which also means Death.
The Heroes of Olympus
Core Series: The Lost Hero | The Son of Neptune | The Mark of Athena | The House of Hades | The Blood of Olympus
Main Characters: Jason Grace | Piper McLean | Leo Valdez | Percy Jackson | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Annabeth Chase | Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano | Nico di Angelo | Gleeson Hedge
Minor Characters: Rachel Elizabeth Dare | Thalia Grace | Octavian | Fleecy | Dakota | Ella | Tyson | Mrs. O'Leary | Arion | Hylla | Echo | Bob | Calypso
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Hades | Ares | Demeter | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus
Minor Gods: Achelous | Aeolus | Boreas | Keto | Khione | Thanatos | Iris | Hypnos | Hecate | Nemesis | Mithras | Notus | Triptolemus | Zephyros | Serapis | Kymopoleia | Nike | Phorcys
Roman Gods: Jupiter | Juno | Neptune | Pluto | Mars | Minerva | Ceres | Lupa | Bellona | Fortuna | Janus | Terminus | Vulcan | Mercury | Pomona | Aquilon | Hercules | Cupid | Auster | Favonius | Letus | Victoria | Orcus
Giants: Enceladus | Porphyrion | Polybotes | Alcyoneus | Ephialtes | Otis | Damasen | Clytius | Mimas | Orion | Hippolytus | Thoon | Periboia
Undead: Echo | Gray | Lityerses | Medea | Midas | Narcissus | Otrera | Phineas | Sciron
Primordial Gods: Gaea | Tartarus | Ourae | Nyx | Chaos | Ouranos | Akhlys | Erebos | Hemera | Elpis | Spes
Companion Books: Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Demigod Files | The Demigod Diaries | The Son of Sobek | The Singer of Apollo | The Staff of Serapis | Percy Jackson's Greek Gods | Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes | The Crown of Ptolemy | Demigods & Magicians

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