Greek - A Titan. Son of Iapetus and Clymene or Asia. Son of Uranus and Gaea, some say. Brother of Epimetheus, Menoetius and Prometheus. Husband of Pleione. Father of Calypso, Dione, the Hesperides, the Hyades, Hyas and the Pleiades. By Aethra. He was the leader of the Titans in their war with the gods and when they lost he was condemned by Zeus forever to carry the sky (or, in some accounts, the world) on his shoulders. He helped Heracles in his fourth Labour, to get the golden apples from Hera's garden. He was turned to stone when Perseus displayed the severed head of Medusa when Atlas refused him hospitality on his flight back from his attack on the Gorgons. Some accounts have Atlas as the ruler of Atlantis, which was inundated by the sea when the gods became alarmed at the degenerate behaviour of the island's inhabitants. Occasionally identified as Atlas, 'bearer', 'bearer', Hyas, Hyas, Hurrian Upelluri or Hurrian Upelluri.

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