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Unformatted text preview: Lakhesis , whose name meant 'Apportioner of Lots' - being derived from a word meaning to receive by lot, measured the thread of life. Atropos (or Aisa), whose name meant 'She who cannot be turned', cut the thread of life. At the birth of a man, the Moirai spun out the thread of his future life, followed his steps, and directed the consequences of his actions according to the counsel of the gods. It was not an inflexible fate; Zeus, if he chose, had the power of saving even those who were already on the point of being seized by their fate. The Fates did not abruptly interfere in human affairs but availed themselves of intermediate causes, and determined the lot of mortals not absolutely, but only conditionally, even man himself, in his freedom was allowed to exercise a certain influence upon them. As man's fate terminated at his death, the goddesses of fate become the goddesses of death, Moirai Thanatoio ....
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- Spring '10