Atropos in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
[MOIRA.] - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and
mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Atropos in Wikipedia
In Greek mythology, Atropos (pronounced /ˈŠtrəpɒs/) (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. - Wikipedia