atlas.jpg Here are some facts about Atlas

Some say that the Titan Atlas worked out the science of astrology and discovered the spherical nature of the stars. But he is best known for bearing on his shoulders earth. This burden, a heavy one and difficult to grasp, is the punishment Zeus put on him for having been the leader of the TITANS during their war against the olymipians. And Atlas, they say, though very very strong,he moans as he holds the earth on his back. As you can see in the picture above he has the earth on his shoulders. Also you can see that he is very very strong cause he is holding the earth. You can also see that he is a TITAN cause of his size.So while he is holding the earth he is standing on a rock under the earth. If you look at the back of the picture you will see some creatures behind Atlas.

*Atlas was the son of the Titan Iapetus by the Oceanid Clymene or Asia. He was the brother of Menoetius, Prometheus and Epimetheus.When his brother, Prometheus tried to persuade him not to go to war against the Olympians, he did not listen.

*Zeus punished Atlas, by making the Titan carry the earth on his back.Atlas married Pleïone (Pleione), daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. He was the father of seven daughters known as the Pleiades: Electra, Taete (Tayete), Maia, Celaeno, Alcyone, Asterope (Sterope) and Merope.

*Only Merope had a mortal husband his name is Sisyphusand he is the king of Corinth.Atlas was also possibly the father of the Hesperides (Daughters of the Evening Star), the guardian of the golden apples in the garden of Hesperides.

*By Hesperis, Atlas was the father of Aegle, Arethusa, Erytheia, Hespere (Hespera), Hespereia, Hesperusa and Hestia. Others say that the Hesperides may have been daughters of Erebus and Nyx, or of Phorcys and Ceto, or of Zeus and Themis.

*One story say that the hero Perseus who was returning home with the head of Gorgon Medusa, turned the Titan into stone, more out of pity than hostility.

*This tale would contradict of Atlas encountering another hero, Heracles, who was a great grandson of Perseus.

* Heracles was performing the eleventh labour which involved fetching the golden apples of Hesperides.

*Atlas failed to trick Heracles into shouldering the burden of the heaven. so Atlas is still stuck with the earth on his shoulders and is still stone.

Other than Atlas there are other TITANS so here are their names

  • Gaea
  • Uranus
  • Cronus
  • Rhea
  • Oceanus
  • Tethys
  • Hyperion
  • Mnemosyne
  • Themis
  • Iapetus
  • Coeus
  • Crius
  • Phoebe
  • Thea
  • Prometheus
  • Epimetheus
  • Metis

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