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Also she bare the Destinies and ruthless avenging Fates, Clotho and Lachesis and Atropos (10), who give men at their birth both evil and good to have, and they pursue the transgressions of men and of gods: and these goddesses never cease from their dread anger until they punish the sinner with a sore penalty.
The eight together form one harmony; and round about, at equal intervals, there is another band, three in number, each sitting upon her throne: these are the Fates, daughters of Necessity, who are clothed in white robes and have chaplets upon their heads, Lachesis and Clotho and Atropos, who accompany with their voices the harmony of the sirens-- Lachesis singing of the past, Clotho of the present, Atropos of the future; Clotho from time to time assisting with a touch of her right hand the revolution of the outer circle of the whorl or spindle, and Atropos with her left hand touching and guiding the inner ones, and Lachesis laying hold of either in turn, first with one hand and then with the other.
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The Fates, the goddesses of fate, once more: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, that turn the workings of the world, moving the seven celestial spheres of the cosmos like so many spindles inside one another; weaving a thread that is spun on Clotho's spindle, measured with Lachesis's rod, to be snipped with Atropos's shears.
Again, we find hopes for a Golden Age under the young Nero, and when Mercury begs Clotho to let Claudius die, so that a better emperor can take his place, the god quotes Virgil, talking about the king bees: Dede neci, melior vacua sine regnet in aula.
When Iphigenia tells Ignatius the story of Lachesis, Clotho, and Atropos to explain the importance of spinning, she prefaces their names and respective tasks in ensuring each soul's destiny with, "Some say they are the trinity, not separate but three faces of the one" (Lambs 152).