Atlas is a scion of the Titans, the Greek race of giants, and the son
of Iapetus and the nymph Clymene. He is the father of the Hesperides,
the Hyades and the Pleiades. He was also thought to be the king of
legendary Atlantis ("Land of Atlas").
In the revolt of the Titans against the gods of the Olympic, Atlas
stormed the heavens and Zeus punished him for this deed by condemning
him to forever bear the heavens upon his shoulders.