In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan condemned to hold up the sky for eternity after the Titanomachy. Although associated with various places, he became Children: The Hesperides, the Hyades, Hyas, t. Greek mythology remains an important influence on the culture, arts and . Atlas was used as a symbol in Ayn Rand's philosophical novel. In Greek mythology, the Titan Atlas was responsible for bearing the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, a burden given. Conway Greek lyric C5th B. He prevents the collision of the skies and the earth. Perhaps the most famous myth involving Atlas, though, is his role in one of the celebrated twelve labours of Hercules. Homer, The Odyssey Penguin Classics, Greek mythology has played a pivotal role in the development of modern studies of mythology, psychology, and philology, and exercises a role in business and marketing as well. In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus had a reputation as being something of a clever trickster and he famously gave Homer, The Odyssey Penguin Classics, Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. Atlas is among the figures who have lent their names to a wide variety of products. Atlas, along with his brother Menoetius, sided with the Titans in their war against the Olympians, the Titanomachy. Theoi Khthonioi Hades Persephone Angelos Demeter Gaia Hecate Melinoe. When the Titans were defeated, many of them including Menoetius were confined to Tartarus, but Zeus condemned Atlas to stand at the western edge of Gaia, the Earth and hold up Ouranos, the Sky on his shoulders, to prevent the two from resuming their primordial embrace. Weir Smyth Greek tragedy C5th B. Melville Roman epic C1st B. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age Harvard University Press, , 94f, At first, the story of Atlas referred to one mountain only, which was believed to exist on the extreme boundary of the earth; but, as geographical knowledge extended, the name of Atlas was transferred to other places, and thus we read of a Mauritanian, Italian, Arcadian, and even of a Caucasian, Atlas.