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Atlas  (AT-las)

A Titan who supported the heavens by means of a pillar on his shoulders. He was temporarily relieved of this burden by Heracles, who needed the Titan's aid in procuring the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. Heracles then tricked Atlas into taking his burden up again. In connection with another heroic quest, Atlas divulged the whereabouts of the Graeae to Perseus.
Atlas, with the pillar by which he holds up the heavens. (zoom)