Atlas was a Titan, the son of the Titans Iapetus and Clymene (or Themis) and the elder brother of Epimetheus, Menoetius and Prometheus. Atlas was the father of the nymph Calypso and the seven Pleiades.
Father of many stars and a protagonist in one of Hercules’ famous labours, Atlas was also known as a wise man and the founder of astronomy. For Plato, he was the eponymous first king of Atlantis, and this giant of a god also gave his name to a huge mountain range in northern Africa, the great Atlantic Ocean and any large collection of maps.
- Atlas at the Ancient History Encyclopedia