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(Μοῖρα; Moîra).

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A. Fate

As a generic noun, moira in singular and plural refers to the part of a whole, e.g. the personal ‘share’ of land, booty, sacrificial meat and life (moîra biótoio or bíou) [5; 13; 17]. Starting with Homer, the singular also refers to the existential limits that all mortals face, especially to the fate apportioned to each person at birth [4]. Etymologically related are móros (fate, death), mór(s)imos (destined) und heimarménē (fate; < meíromai, to get one's portion, …

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Henrichs, Albert (Cambridge, MA), “Moira”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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