The Fates controlled human destiny. They were the daughters of Themis (Law). There were 3. Clotho, the spinner, who spun the thread of life. Lachesis, the measurer, who assigned each man his destiny. Atropos who cut the thread at death. They are often portrayed as aspects of a single figure-Clotho, the maiden, Lachesis, the mature woman and Atropos, the wise crone.