Three Fates - Three Fates Slide 4-10: MICHELANGELO.Three...

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Slide 4-10: MICHELANGELO. Three Fates Cayley. Classical Myths in English Literature. Boston: Ginn 1893 p. 72 There are lots of trios of women in mythology and in art . . . Recall from our unit on Music of the Spheres that the circles of heaven turned and on each was a siren, each singing a single note. Plato, Republic , Chap XL, says that on the circles were the three fates , daughters of Necessity, the three sisters that controlled destiny, chanting to the Sirens' music. Lacheses of things past, Clotho of things present, Atropos of things to come, like the three ghosts in Dickens' A Christmas Story. The length of someone's life was determined by the length of a single thread. Clotho held the spool, Lachesis pulled the thread, Atropos snipped. Three Sirens Plato's sirens are not to be confused with the three sirens, sea nymphs in the Mediterranean whose singing lead men to their deaths on the rocks. In the Odyssey, Odysseus resists them by tying himself to the mast and plugging the sailor's ears with wax. They symbolize the hazards faced by early mariners. Three Witches
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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