Parcae


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Par·cae

 (pär′sē)
pl.n. Roman Mythology
The Fates.

[Latin; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]
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Parcae

(ˈpɑːsiː)
pl n, sing Parca (ˈpɑːkə)
(Classical Myth & Legend) the Parcae the Roman goddesses of fate. Greek counterparts: the Moirai
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Par•cae

(ˈpɑr si, -kaɪ)

n.pl., sing. -ca (-kə).
the three Fates of ancient Rome.
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Noun1.Parcae - any of the three Roman goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Greek Moirai and similar to the Norse Norns
Roman deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans
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Translations

Parcae

[ˈpɑːkiː] NPL the Parcaelas Parcas
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References in classic literature ?
We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion.
This suggests an archaic notion of predestination relying upon an interpretation of the weird, or fatal, sisters as "goddesses of destinie," as Holinshed called them, something between oracles and Parcae, and yet at the same time, Holinshed also said, interpreters of Christian providence.
The Parcae spin wool while performing a wedding song for the couple
The simultaneous presence of the textual and the textile in the hendeca-syllable encourages a reading of Anatolia, Massimilla, and Violante as the Parcae, the Greek Fates who spin, measure, and cut the thread of a man's life.
Furthermore, as can be seen on a number of gladiatorial funeral epitaphs, it was not their opponents that were blamed for gladiators' deaths but rather the Parcae / Moirai (Fates) (Carter 2006).
Nona, a name corresponding to the number 9, was, in Roman mythology, one of the three Parcae, female figures associated with destiny; in their ninth month pregnant women would call upon her.
Thus, the Egyptian meskhen-t as "tablet of destiny," shau as "destiny," and Shait as Fate (goddess), the Sumerian NAM, the Greek Moirai, the Latin Parcae, etc., all express courses of events (or those in charge over them) in the Universe that are fixed by the divinity and are unalterable (see infra).
They are the Fates, the Moerae, the Parcae, or the Norns, the third of whom is called Atropos, the inexorable (296).
Primitive civilizations assigned various identities to this "power or agency," ranging from the Moirai (Greek), the Parcae (Roman) and the Norns (Norse).