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Atlas is a legendary figure in Greek mythology who is one of the Titans. He is the son of Laetus.
Atlas is a second generation Titan born from two first generation Titans. Atlas and his brother Menoetius sided with the Titans against the Olympians in the titanomachy. Menoetius was confined to Tartarus with the other titans after they were defeated Atlas was forced to separate Gaea and Uranus so the two could never Interaction with each other.
Atlas helped Hercules with one of his twelve labors he helped Hercules fetch some golden apples from Hera's garden guarded by his daughters the Hesperides and the dragon Ladon. Hercules offered to hold up the sky for the Titan so Atlas could help. Upon his return with the apples Hercules learned that he was tricked and was going to permanently take Atlas place. Hercules told Atlas he would take his place if the Titan would hold sky as he grab his cloak so he could have padding for his shoulders. Atlas set the apples down and fell for the demigod's trick. Later Hercules helped relive Atlas of his burden by forming the Pillars of Hercules to separate Uranus the sky and Gaea the earth.
In another myth after Atlas is freed from his burden the Greek hero Perseus encountered the titan after slaying the gorgon Medusa. He asked Atlas if he would help give him shelter. Atlas refused he tried to drive the hero away Perseus used Medusa's head turning the Titan into a stone mountain trapping him.