As always, her work is a garden of the mind, with many sweet-smelling and otherworldly blooms within its bounds. This was a wonderful retelling of the cultural and mythological roots of this character. It also offers the connection between a map atlas and the province of the Titan.
Atlas (which means ‘very enduring’), was one of the Titans. He was son of Iapetus (a Titan, son of Uranus and Gaia), and the Oceanid Clymene.
Atlas´ brothers were Prometheus (meaning ‘forethought’, the Titan who gave the human race the gift of fire and the skill of metalwork), Epimetheus (meaning ‘afterthought’. He was Pandora´s husband) and Menoetius (meaning “doomed might”).
Atlas was married to his sister, Phoebe (Titan and Goddess of Prophecy).
He had numerous children, including the Pleiades (the stars that announced good spring weather), the Hesperides (the maidens who guarded a tree bearing golden apples), the Hyades, (the stars that announced the rainy season), Hyas (Brother of the Hyades, and spirit of seasonal rains), the nymph Calypso, Dione (Goddess of the Oak and the personification of a more…
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