Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. 507, &c.), a son of Japetus and Clymene, and a brother of Menoetius, Prometheus, and Epimetheus; according to Apollodorus (i. ", Pausanias, Description of Greece 5. 79 ff (trans.Boyle) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. A common misconception today is that Atlas was forced to hold the Earth on his shoulders, but Classical art shows Atlas holding the celestial spheres, not the terrestrial globe; the solidity of the marble globe borne by the renowned Farnese Atlas may have aided the conflation, reinforced in the 16th century by the developing usage of atlas to describe a corpus of terrestrial maps. . By making simultaneous solar and atmospheric measurements on a global scale, scientists hope to unravel the complicated web of man's impact on the environment. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 150 (trans. ", Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 248 : For a collection of maps, see, Deity in Greek mythology who held up the heavens or sky, George Doig, "Vergil's Art and the Greek Language", The "testimony of Eusebius" was "drawn from the most ancient historians" according to Mercator. (Comp. According to Plato, the first king of Atlantis was also named Atlas, but that Atlas was a son of Poseidon and the mortal woman Cleito. . Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Pausanias, Description of Greece 3. Mount Kerykios (Cerycius), the reputed birthplace of Hermes, and also a place called Polos. 22 (trans. 172 ff : 415 ff (trans. It is currently in the constellation Monoceros. Fab. ), he was a son of Aether and Gaea. A goddess [Kalypso (Calypso)] has made her dwelling there whose father is Atlas the baleful. "Atlas the baleful (oloophron); he knows the depths of all the seas, and he, no other, guards (or holds) the tall pillars that keep the sky and earth apart. to C1st A.D.) : Taurus], and bears, the kind that are seen here. But almighty Zeus set free the Titanes (Titans) [including Atlas], for as time passes and the breeze abates, the sails are set anew.". . 246.). In some versions, Heracles instead built the two great Pillars of Hercules to hold the sky away from the earth, liberating Atlas much as he liberated Prometheus. 10 - 16 (trans. With Atlas also did Herakles (Heracles) contend, and that too without a command from Eurystheus, claiming that he could sustain the heavens better than Atlas. . This drinking vessel, for court feasts, depicts Atlas holding the shell on his back. , Traditionally historical linguists etymologize the Ancient Greek word Ἄτλας (genitive: Ἄτλαντος) as comprised from copulative α- and the Proto-Indo-European root *telh₂- 'to uphold, support' (whence also τλῆναι), and which was later reshaped to an nt-stem. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Suidas s.v. Exoplanet Exploration Program NASA's science, technology and mission management office for the exploration of exoplanets. Day-Lewis) (Roman epic C1st B.C.) Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. The surface of Atlas is remarkably smooth, with a darker side for its south pole. "On Atlas . Watch Queue Queue . Of course he does not reveal this ambition at all, but merely says that he is sorry for Atlas on account of his labour and would willingly share his burden with him. Her mother's father the stooping Libyan Atlas [Harmonia's stepmother was Elektra (Electra) daughter of Atlas] awoke a tune of the heavenly harp to join the revels, and with tripping foot he twirled the heavens round like a ball, while he sang a stave of harmony himself not far away. The Greek poet Polyidus c. 398 BC tells a tale of Atlas, then a shepherd, encountering Perseus who turned him to stone. 10. ", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 31. It represents a time-sensitive solar system simulator allowing you to explore planets, stars, satellites, dwarfs, asteroids, comets and other celestial bodies in real time in outer space. "There is near Tanagra [in Boiotia (Boeotia)] . Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : "Atlas the baleful; he knows the depths of all the seas, and he, no other, guards [or holds] the tall pillars that keep the sky and earth apart. . ii. 114 (trans. By the time of the Roman Empire the habit of associating Atlas' home to a chain of mountains, the Atlas mountains, which were near Mauretania and Numidia, was firmly entrenched.. A man holding a sword is coming towards Atlas. The Titanes should be listed as children of Ouranos (Caelum) and Gaia (Terra) not Aither and Gaia, but the notation to this effect seems to have been lost in the transcription. He was probably closely connected with Herakles beloved, water-bearer Hylas. Among them is Atlas, supporting heaven and earth, by whose side stands Herakles (Heracles) ready to receive the load of Atlas, along with Theseus; Perithoos (Pirithous), Hellas, and Salamis carrying in her hand the ornament made for the top of a ship's bows . Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) viii. 62 ff (trans. Now Mercurius [Hermes] is your father--Mercurius whom fair Maia conceived and bore upon the snowy peak of Cyllene. : 6 (trans. Hesiod only says, that he bore heaven with his head and hands. Discover a lot of fascinating facts and useful information about our planet! : Propertius, Elegies 3. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. § 1 ; Dionys. This system of seven rocky worlds–all of them with the potential for water on their surface–is an exciting discovery in the search for life on other worlds. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for. and [elsewhere] Prometheus still held by his chains, though Herakles has been raised up to him.  Atlas was said to have been skilled in philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy. "He [Herakles (Heracles)] swells with pride of tested might, and has learned by bearing them that the heavens can be conquered by his strength; he set his head beneath the sky [in place of Atlas], nor did the burden of that immeasurable mass bend his shoulders, and the firmament rested better on the neck of Hercules. 259 ff (trans. Now Hesperos begat a daughter named Hesperis, who he gave in marriage to his brother and after whom the land was given the name Hesperitis; and Atlas begat by her seven daughters, who were named after their father Atlantides, and after their mother Hesperides. Understanding natural and human systems is an essential first step toward reducing the severity of climate change and adapting to a warmer future. ", Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. [Herakles (Heracles) slew Busiris.] parts show pictures by Panainos (Panaenus). "[Depicted on the walls of the palace of Aeetes :] There iron Atlas stands in Oceanus, the wave swelling and breaking on his knees; but the god himself [Helios the Sun] on high hurries his shining steeds across the old man's body, and spreads light about the curving sky; behind with smaller wheel follows his sister [Selene the Moon] and the crowded Pleiades and the fires whose tresses are wet with dripping rain [the Hyades]. Heracles went to Atlas and offered to hold up the heavens while Atlas got the apples from his daughters.. . Atlas picked three apples from the garden of the Hesperides, then returned to Herakles. Heracles, suspecting Atlas did not intend to return, pretended to agree to Atlas' offer, asking only that Atlas take the sky again for a few minutes so Heracles could rearrange his cloak as padding on his shoulders. For he saw that Atlas was bowed over and crushed by the weight and that he was crouching on one knee alone and barely had strength left to stand, while as for himself, he averred that he could raise the heavens up and after setting them aloft could hold them for a long time. Ge (Gaia, Earth) had given them to Zeus when he married Hera. 134 ff (trans. 18. Subsequently Herakles tricked the Titan into retaking the heavens upon his shoulders, or erected the Pillars of Heaven to permanently relieve Atlas of his burden. But when he found his strength surpassed (for who could match the strength of Atlas?) : Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 2. Herakles (Heracles) encountered the Titan during his quest for the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. When they tried to mount to heaven, Jove with the help of Minerva [Athena], Apollo, and Diana [Artemis], cast them headlong into Tartarus. In this account Atlas is not a shepherd but a King.  However, Robert S. P. Beekes argues that it cannot be expected that this ancient Titan carries an Indo-European name, and that the word is of Pre-Greek origin, and such words often end in -ant. The biggest planet is Jupiter while the smallest is Mercury.  The works of Eusebius and Diodorus also give an Atlantean account of Atlas. 60, iv. "The Titanes (Titans) had children . . Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) : Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) Spatial information informs decisions about how to build a better future. The first episode of Alien Worlds introduces viewers to a planet called Atlas. were all sons of Iapetos (Iapetus) and Asia. 630,&c., comp. i. Atlas was painted by Panaenus on the parapet surrounding the statue of the Olympian Zeus (Paus. 20. So the commentary on Lykophron (Lycophron). , Atlas was the son of the Titan Iapetus and the Oceanid Asia or Clymene. ", Suidas s.v. : Pausanias, Description of Greece 5. "There [at the sources and ends of earth, sea and underworld] stands the awful home of murky Nyx (Night) wrapped in dark clouds. ", Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. . This video is unavailable. These roles were often combined and Atlas becomes the god who turns the heaven on their axis, causing the stars to revolve. It is a recently admitted Alliance member-world, and is considered something of a backwater. And she bare him a stout-hearted son, Atlas; also she bare very glorious Menoitios (Menoetius) and clever Prometheus, full of various wiles, and scatter-brained Epimetheus. . There is no need to admire the shaded parts of Herakles' body because they are vigorously drawn--for the attitudes of recumbent figures or persons standing erect are easily shaded, and their accurate reproduction is not at all a mark of skill--but the shadows on Atlas show a high degree of skill; for the shadows on a crouching figure like his run into one another, and do not darken any of the projecting parts but they produce light on the parts that are hollow and retreating. The bodies in the heavens which he carries are painted in the ether that surrounds the stars; one can recognize a bull, that is the Bull of the heavens [i.e. Atlas is said to have been the father of the Pleiades by Pleione or by Hesperis, of the Hyades and Hesperides by Aethra, and of Oenomaus and Maea by Sterope. ", Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 192 : Then each part grew beyond all measure (so the gods ordained) and on his shoulders rested the whole vault of heaven with all the innumerable stars. Virgil took pleasure in translating etymologies of Greek names by combining them with adjectives that explained them: for Atlas his adjective is durus, "hard, enduring", which suggested to George Doig that Virgil was aware of the Greek τλῆναι "to endure"; Doig offers the further possibility that Virgil was aware of Strabo's remark that the native North African name for this mountain was Douris. [N.B. 8 (trans. ATLAS was the Titan god who bore the sky aloft. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) : ad Aen. ", Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 2. 296 ff (trans. v. 18. 22 (trans. Lonely Planet Travel Atlas Thailand is a comprehensive collection of maps intended as a companion to the Thailand guidebook. "And they who bear the name of Atlas' daughters seven oft bewailed their sire's supremest labour of sustaining heaven, where as wingless Peleiades (Pleiades) they have the form of phantoms of the night [i.e. ", Seneca, Hercules Furens 68 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) The hero also slew the Hesperian Drakon (Hesperian Dragon), which in vase painting appears as the Titan's tormentor, and built two great pillars at the ends of the earth, perhaps to relieve the Titan of his labour.  In this account, Atlas is turned not just into stone by Perseus, but an entire mountain range: Atlas' head the peak, his shoulders ridges and his hair woods. 349 ff : "Does not even now great [Titan] Atlas struggle to bear up the weight of heaven, far from his fathers' land and his possessions? ", "Atlas was so grateful to Heracles for his kindly deed that he not only gladly gave him such assistance as his Labour called for, but he also instructed him quite freely in the knowledge of astrology. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. Showerman) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. These too are of cedar-wood, and are works of Theokles (Theocles), son of Hegylos. The “B” means that 4546B was the first planet discovered around the star 4546 (or 4546A). 27; Paus. ", Ovid, Metamorphoses 6. 61; Serv. He had been connected with the Hesperides, "Nymphs" which guarded the golden apples, and Gorgons both of which lived beyond Ocean in the extreme west of the world since Hesiod's Theogony. ], Ovid, Metamorphoses 6. Weir Smyth) (Greek tragedy C5th B.C.) These apples were not, as some maintain, in Libya, but rather were with Atlas among the Hyperboreans. Atlas (trans. ‘Very well!’ he taunted, ‘If you rate my thanks so low, accept a gift!’ and turned his face away and on his left held out the loathsome head, Medusa's head. Atlas, fearful of a prophecy which warned of a son of Zeus stealing his golden apples from his orchard, refuses Perseus hospitality. "The heaven that is to bear you [Herakles], yourself one bore; Hercules bent to the load of the stars when Atlas was their stay. 8 (trans. Atlas who holds the sky on his shoulders, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoitios (Menoetius) . The term Atlas has been used to describe a collection of maps since the 16th century when Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator published his work in honor of the mythological Titan.  According to Ovid, Perseus arrives in Atlas' Kingdom and asks for shelter, declaring he is a son of Zeus. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : "According to the Judges of the Judaeans, Prometheus . § 2); on the chest of Cypselus he was seen carrying heaven and holding in his hands the golden apples of the Hesperides; and on the throne of Apollo at Amyclae he was likewise represented. : Atlas was also the god who instructed mankind in the art of astronomy, a tool which was used by sailors in navigation and farmers in measuring the seasons. Herakles (Heracles) in his labour to fetch the Apples of the Hesperides is said to have set up pillars at the ends of the earth, presumably to relieve the Titan Atlas of his burden. 2 (trans. Atlas also plays a role in the myths of two of the greatest Greek heroes: Heracles (Hercules in Roman mythology) and Perseus. At 6ft 2in tall and weighing 330lb Atlas is a formidable figure. Herakles came upon the pirates as they were taking their meal on a certain strand, and learning from the maidens what had taken place he slew the pirates to a man and brought the girls back to Atlas their father; and in return Atlas was so grateful to Herakles for his kindly deed that he not only gladly gave him such assistance as his Labour called for, but he also instructed him quite freely in the knowledge of astrology. Atlas was discovered in October 1980 by the Voyager 1 probe. "Hyas, son of Atlas and Pleione, [was killed] by a boar, or by a lion. . ", Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) : ", Pindar, Pythian Ode 4. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) : "You behold Atlas supporting the whole of heaven. "The desolate dwelling place of Atlas [i.e. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : v. 11. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) : Suidas s.v. "The exploit of Perseus who, they say, slew in Aithiopia a Ketos (sea-monster) from the Atlantikos (sea of Atlas)." Weir Smyth) (Greek tragedy C5th B.C.) 27; Plat. Theoi Project © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Aaron J. Atsma, Netherlands & New Zealand, (Hesiod Works & Days 383, Hesiod Astronomy Frag 1, Simonides Frag 555, Aeschylus Frag 172, Ovid Metamorphoses 6.169, Nonnus Dionysiaca 3.349), (Hyginus Fabulae 192, Hyginus Astronomica 2.21, Ovid Fasti 5.164), (Hyginus Fabulae 83, Ovid Metamorphoses 6.172). ", Ovid, Fasti 5. 164 ff : Greek Lyric V) : 290 ff (trans. , Atlas became associated with Northwest Africa over time. Atlas Is About -10’000 Degrees. 26. Atlas and his brother Menoetius sided with the Titans in their war against the Olympians, the Titanomachy.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 the sky on his shoulders. 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