Atlas also plays a role in the myths of two of the greatest Greek heroes: Heracles (the Roman equivalent being Hercules) and Perseus.
|Children||The Hesperides The Hyades The Pleiades Hyas Calypso Dione Maera|
|Parents||Iapetus (father) Asia or Clymene (mother)|
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What is Atlas the God of?
ATLAS was the Titan god who bore the sky aloft. He personified the quality of endurance (atlaô). Atlas was a leader of the Titanes (Titans) in their war against Zeus and after their defeat he was condemned to carry the heavens upon his shoulders.
What is Prometheus’s Roman name?
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Who are the parents of Atlas?
How did the atlas get its name?
It is believed that the name “atlas,” meaning a collection of maps, came from the mythological Greek figure Atlas. Legend says that Atlas was forced to hold the earth and the heavens on his shoulders as a punishment from the gods. The earliest known atlas is associated with the Greco-Roman geographer Claudius Ptolemy.