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Bas relief of Atropos cutting the thread of life

In Greek mythology, Atropos (pronounced /ˈætrəˌpɒs/) (from Greek Άτροπος, "without turn") was one of the three Moirae, goddesses of fate and destiny. Her Roman equivalent was Morta.

Atropos was the oldest of the Three Fates, and was known as the "inflexible" or "inevitable". It was Atropos who chose the mechanism of death and ended the life of each mortal by cutting their thread with her "abhorred shears". She worked along with her two sisters, Clotho, who spun the thread, and Lachesis, who measured the length.


Her origin, along with the other two fates, is uncertain, although some called them the daughters of the night. It is clear, however, that at a certain period they ceased to be only concerned with death and also became those powers who decided what may happen to individuals. Although Zeus was the chief Greek god and their father, he was still subject to the decisions of the Fates, and thus the executor of destiny, rather than its source. According to Hesiod's Theogony, Atropos and her sisters (Clotho and Lachesis) were the daughters of Nyx (Night), though later in the same work (ll. 901-906) they are said to have been born of Zeus and Themis.

In popular culture

In the "Sounds" chapter of "Walden,", Henry David Thoreau says that in building railroads and locomotives, "We have constructed a fate, an Atropos that never turns aside." By this he means to refer to the literal fact that trains are bound to their tracks, but also to suggest that America's destiny is determined in part by its having taken the path of technological innovation represented by the development of the railroad.

Atropos is referenced in an Emily Dickinson poem (#11 in "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson" ed. Thomas H. Johnson, Little Brown and Co. 1960 Twelfth Printing.). It is also the name of a fictitious sloop of war captained by Horatio Hornblower, in the Hornblower Saga by author C. S. Forester.

Atropos-XR is the name of a female robot counterpart to the character Robo in the video game Chrono Trigger by Square-Enix.

Atropos, along with Clotho and Lachesis, is the name of one of the "Doctors" (playing a similar role to the Moirae) in the Stephen King novel, Insomnia.

Atropos the Bane Elemental - is one of the numerous heroes in the popular Warcraft 3 map called DotA

Atropos, along with Clotho and Lachesis, is one of the personifications of Fate in Piers Anthony's fantasy novel "With a Tangled Skein", part of his "Incarnations of Immortality" series.

Atropos, along with Clotho and Lachesis, appear as three Personae of the Fortune Arcana in the Playstation 2 game, Persona 3.


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Meaning inflexible or not turning, from the Greek a-, (not) + tropos, (to turn).

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  1. (Greek mythology) One of the three Fates, or Moirae, daughter of Zeus and Themis; the cutter of the thread of life


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