Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Μοῖραι [Moîrai]; Latin Parcae)

A. Myth

While Homer speaks only of one Moirē (with the sole exception of Hom. Il. 24,49, where a group of goddesses of fate appears), ruling the fates and lives of men and determining their end (Hom. Il. 16,853; 18,119 et al.), the M. make their first appearance as three sisters in Hesiod’s Theogony. Hesiod sometimes calls them daughters of Zeus and Themis, sisters of the Horae (Hes. Theog. 901–906), and sometimes daughters of Nyx (Night) like Ker and Thanatos (Death; Hes. The…

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Müller, Gernot Michael, “Moirae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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