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Three as a magic number in Latin Literature

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Vol. xlvii] Three as a Magic Number in Latin Literature


To one who is investigating the subject of magic among the Romans few references to magical details seem so per- sistently repeated as those concerning the number three. It is my desire, therefore, to present in this paper all the pas- sages referring to three as a magic number that I have been able to find in the literature of Rome up to the beginning of the fourth century of our era, with some additional illustrative material drawn from a later date. 1

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Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914)

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce


"The first three essentials of the literary art are imagination, imagination and imagination."

Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914), The Devil's Dictionary

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THREE FATES – Nora Roberts

Three Fates - Nora Roberts THREE FATES
Nora Roberts
G.P. Putnam
ISBN: 039914840X

The Fates were a triad, "each with a specific task. Clotho, who spins the thread of life, Lachesis, who measures it, and Atropus, who cuts that thread and ends it. None could function alone. A thread might be spun, but endlessly and without purpose or its natural course. [For] without the spinning, there's nothing to measure, nothing to cut…three parts…one purpose." Continue reading THREE FATES – Nora Roberts

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The New York Trilogy

The New York Trilogy by Paul AusterThe New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

"Three stories on the nature of identity. In the first a detective writer is drawn into a curious and baffling investigation, in the second a man is set up in an apartment to spy on someone, and the third concernsthe disappearance of a man whose childhood friend is left as his literary executor. "

Faber and Faber

"The New York Trilogy was originally published in the USA as City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986)."