In Roman mythology, the Parcae (singular: Parca) were the female personifications of destiny. They are often called the Fates in English. Their Greek equivalents were the Moirai. They controlled the "thread of life" of every mortal and immortal. Even the gods feared the Parcae.
The names of the three Parcae were:
- Nona (Greek equivalent Clotho), who spun the thread of life on her spindle;
- Decima (Greek Lachesis), who measured the thread of life;
- Morta (Greek Atropos), who cut the thread of life and chose the way a person would die.
Neuna fata, Neuna dono, Parca Maurtia dono
The names of two of the three Roman Parcae are recorded (Neuna = Nona, Maurtia = Morta) and connected to the concept of fata.
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- L. L. Tels de Jong Sur quelques divinites romaines de la naissance et de la prophetie 1959, pp. 70–77; 83–85.
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- G. Dumezil La religion romaine archaique Paris, 1974, part 4, chapt.
- L. L. Tels De Jong Sur quelques divinites romaines de la naissance et de la prophetie 1959 pp. 67–130.