ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA. Herakles (Heracles) sought the assistance of Atlas in his quest to recover the Apples of the Hesperides. 20. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : [31] Both objects depict the encounter with Atlas of Hercle—the Etruscan Heracles—identified by the inscription; they represent rare instances where a figure from Greek mythology was imported into Etruscan mythology, but the name was not. [16] According to Ovid, Perseus arrives in Atlas' Kingdom and asks for shelter, declaring he is a son of Zeus. Atlas' best-known cultural association is in cartography. Atlas is represented as exhausted, to judge by all the sweat that trickles from him and to infer from his trembling arm, but Herakles earnestly desires the task. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : 134 ff (trans. Virtual Planets Atlas Version 2 (VPA Pro 2.0) is the second release since the software’s introduction in 2013.The tool allows users to study topographic and scientific data for planets and satellites surfaces. 22 (trans. 491A) (trans. For he saw that Atlas was bowed over and crushed by the weight and that he was crouching on one knee alone and barely had strength left to stand, while as for himself, he averred that he could raise the heavens up and after setting them aloft could hold them for a long time. In a press release on February 22, 2017, NASA announced the discovery of the most Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star, called TRAPPIST-1. Weir Smyth) (Greek tragedy C5th B.C.) v. 18. 4 : Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. : Aeschylus, Fragment 172 (from Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 11. Since the Atlas mountains rise in the region inhabited by Berbers, it has been suggested that the name might be taken from one of the Berber, specifically ádrār 'mountain'. 491A) : Last in the picture come . Understanding natural and human systems is an essential first step toward reducing the severity of climate change and adapting to a warmer future. 17 ff (trans. 6 (trans. 52 ff (trans. 52 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) There are also reliefs of [their father] Atlas. ], Pseudo-Hyginus, Preface (trans. So the commentary on Lykophron (Lycophron). . In the 16th century Gerardus Mercator put together the first collection of maps to be called an "Atlas" and devoted his book to the "King of Mauretania". Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Greek Lyric II) (Greek lyric C6th to 5th B.C.) Campbell, Vol. i. Fairbanks) (Greek rhetorician C3rd A.D.) : 10 - 16 (trans. At 6ft 2in tall and weighing 330lb Atlas is a formidable figure. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Suidas s.v. He slew the Drakon which tormented the Titan and took upon himself the weight of the heavens, while Atlas recovered the apples for him. ", Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. iv. "[When Phaethon driving the chariot of the sun set the earth aflame :] Even Atlas fails, his shoulders scarce sustain the flaming sky. Way) (Greek epic C4th A.D.) : Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. : ", Ovid, Fasti 5. Watch Queue Queue. 247. He personified the quality of endurance (atlaô). "And they who bear the name of Atlas' daughters seven [the Pleiades] oft bewailed their sire's supremest labour of sustaining heaven. 20 (trans. 627 ff (trans. ), he was a son of Aether and Gaea. No, let him leave his endless burden to the other gods, and battle against the Blessed Ones! . Goold) (Roman elegy C1st B.C.) to C1st A.D.) : Virgil, Aeneid 8. The term Atlas has been used to describe a collection of maps since the 16th century when Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator published his work in honor of the mythological Titan. But when he found his strength surpassed (for who could match the strength of Atlas?) This interactive 3D globe features wonders of the world, political and physical maps, and weather. Hermes is titled Atlantios, since he is a son of Maia, the daughter of Atlas and Pleione. 79 ff (trans.Boyle) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. : Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. You will uphold these heavenly bodies for the present, Herakles; but before long you will live with them in the sky, drinking, and embracing the beautiful Hebe. 29 (trans. Planet. Oceanus, Themis, Tartarus, Pontus; the Titanes : Briareus, Gyes, Steropes, Atlas, Hyperion, and Polus [Koios (Coeus)], Saturnus [Kronos (Cronus)], Ops [Rhea], Moneta [Mnemosyne], Dione." § 3; Serv. Homer, Odyssey 1. Similarly in the case of Heracles, when he had brought to the Greeks the doctrine of the sphere, he gained great fame, as if he had taken over the burden of the firmament which Atlas had borne, since men intimated in this enigmatic way what had actually taken place. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) It represents a time-sensitive solar system simulator allowing you to explore planets, stars, satellites, dwarfs, asteroids, comets and other celestial bodies in real time in outer space. . Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) ad Aen. 19. § 1 ; Dionys. ad Aen. ATLAS-1 experiments focused on four scientific disciplines: atmospheric science, solar science, space plasma physics and astronomy. . It is a recently admitted Alliance member-world, and is considered something of a backwater. [6] He was a brother of Epimetheus and Prometheus. Watch Queue Queue Hyginus emphasises the primordial nature of Atlas by making him the son of Aether and Gaia.[40]. When Atlas set down the apples and took the heavens upon his shoulders again, Heracles took the apples and ran away. : Hesiod, Theogony 507 ff (trans. "The desolate dwelling place of Atlas [i.e. ", Ovid, Heroides 9. ", Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 150 (trans. . [Hyas while hunting] sought the lair and brood of the whelped lioness and was bloody prey to the Libyan beast. [1.3] IAPETOS (Ovid Metamorphoses 4.627), [1.1] THE PLEIADES (Hesiod Works & Days 383, Hesiod Astronomy Frag 1, Simonides Frag 555, Aeschylus Frag 172, Ovid Metamorphoses 6.169, Nonnus Dionysiaca 3.349) Showerman) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. Not wanting to hold up the sphere, he told Herakles that he should carry the applies back to Eurystheus, and that Herakles could hold up the sky in his place. [1.2] THE PLEIADES (by Pleione) (Apollodorus 3.110, Ovid Fasti 5.79) Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : On the advise of Prometheus he asked Atlas to take the sky while he put a cushion on his head. "Atlas had worked out the science of astrology to a degree surpassing others and had ingeniously discovered the spherical arrangement of the stars, and for that reason was generally believed to be bearing the entire firmament upon his shoulders. This everybody can see is Herakles, though he is not mentioned especially in the inscription, which reads:--Here is Atlas holding heaven, but he will let go the apples. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 150 (trans. ", Pseudo-Hyginus, Preface (trans. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) The Titan was also the constellation Kneeler. to C1st A.D.) : 630,&c., comp. Spatial information informs decisions about how to build a better future. Atlas was a leader of the Titanes (Titans) in their war against Zeus and after their defeat he was condemned to carry the heavens upon his shoulders. to C1st A.D.) : In partnership with Microsoft, National Geographic, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Esri is gathering these and other topics into the ArcGIS Living Atlas Indicators of the Planet (Beta).Leveraging the near real-time information already contributed to Living Atlas by organizations such as NOAA, UN Environment Programme, and US Geological Survey, ArcGIS … Showerman) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. ", Hesiod, Theogony 744 ff : According to the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, Atlas stood at the ends of the earth in extreme west. "On those shoulders [of Herakles], on which the royal structure of the lofty sky had rested.". Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) : . "[Amongst the scenes depicted on the throne of Apollon at Amyklai (Amyclae) near Sparta :] To describe the reliefs . "Atlas : a mountain in Libya. "He [Herakles (Heracles)] swells with pride of tested might, and has learned by bearing them that the heavens can be conquered by his strength; he set his head beneath the sky [in place of Atlas], nor did the burden of that immeasurable mass bend his shoulders, and the firmament rested better on the neck of Hercules. ", Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 11. ", Ovid, Metamorphoses 6. The son was killed by a wild boar or a lion, and the sisters, grieving for him, died of this grief. 26. An awesome 3D model of our Solar system for you to discover the universe and explore outer space. The location of this myth on the Atlantic coast presupposes the Atlas story. 134 ff (trans. . i. Ge (Gaia, Earth) had given them to Zeus when he married Hera. . . [7] He had many children, mostly daughters, the Hesperides, the Hyades, the Pleiades, and the nymph Calypso who lived on the island Ogygia.[8]. There are eight planets in total with a … . Campbell, Vol. ", Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 248 : ", Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. 134.) For other accounts see Diod. Discover a lot of fascinating facts and useful information about our planet! 198 : Spatial information informs decisions about how to build a better future. The belly of Atlas, for instance, one can see although he is bending forward, and one can perceive that he is panting. Kronion (Cronion) [Zeus] also shall lift the spinning heavens of Atlas, and bear the load on weary shoulders.’", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 3. Of these screens . . 616 ff (trans. Eusebius', For further comment on Mercator's chosen Titanic genealogy see, the personality of someone whose childhood was characterized by excessive responsibilities, on-line English translation at Theoi Project, Mercator & Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) (2000), "The 'Lafreri school' of Italian mapmakers", Online version at the Perseus Digital Library, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Atlas_(mythology)&oldid=998715666, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles having same image on Wikidata and Wikipedia, Articles containing Ancient Greek (to 1453)-language text, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "[Atlas] perfected the science of astrology and was the first to publish to mankind the doctrine of the sphere. [N.B. ad Aen. . Their child Pleione couples with sky-lifting Atlas--so the story is--and bears the Pleiades. However, some philosophers, historians, and geographers have considered Plato’s story as truth.The debate over the Atlantis remained relatively quiet until 1882 when Minnesota’s Represen… Od. Hearing this, Atlas set the apples down on the ground, and relieved Herakles of the sphere. ", Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. to C1st A.D.) : 2. 114 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Pausanias, Description of Greece 3. The Titan is described as the guardian of these by Homer, and his release is mentioned by Pindar. Showerman) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. (Apollod. The Cassini spacecraft looks past Saturn's main rings to spy the tiny moon Atlas, which orbits between the main rings and the thin F ring. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) 134 ff (trans. . Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) : The prophecy did not relate to Perseus stealing the golden apples but Heracles, another son of Zeus, and Perseus' great-grandson. Much depends upon the meaning of the Homeric expression amphis echousi; if the signification is "the columns which keep asunder heaven and earth," the columns (mountains) must be conceived as being somewhere in the middle of the earth's surface; but if they mean "bear or support all around," they must be regarded as forming the circumference of the earth, upon which the vault of heaven rests apparently. Atlas Is About -10’000 Degrees. § 3), his mother's name was Asia; and, according to Hyginus (Fab. : 616 ff (trans. Atlas is a software developed in the Mission Design Center at NASA Ames. "This neck [of Herakles (Heracles)] sustained the sky [in place of Atlas]. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) : Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. In these accounts, Atlas' father was Uranus and his mother was Gaia. Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) Throughout the ATLAS series, scientists gathered new information to gain a better understanding of how the atmosphere reacts to natural and human-induced atmospheric changes. "At Olympia [in the temple of Zeus about his statue] there are screens constructed like walls which keep people out. Critias, p. 114; Serv. Of the winds some are represented facing in the same direction and others as facing in the opposite direction, and while some are friendly with each other others seem to keep up their strife in the heavens. On Atlas, who had been their leader, he put the vault of the sky; even now he is said to hold up the sky on his shoulders. King Atlas invented the first celestial globe. Prometheus (trans. . When the Titans were defeated, many of them (including Menoetius) were confined to Tartarus, but Zeus condemned Atlas to stand at the western edge of Gaia (the Earth) and hold up the sky on his shoulders. The biggest planet is Jupiter while the smallest is Mercury. [5.2] THE HESPERIDES (Hyginus Astronomica 2.3), ATLAS (Atlas), according to Hesiod (Theog. vii. ", Pindar, Pythian Ode 4. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) Last month, we introduced the ArcGIS Living Atlas Indicators of the Planet (Beta): a website that showcases authoritative information for 18 themes of interest for tracking the state of the planet.These planet indicators provide a quick snapshot of the status of each theme and provide customized pages with further information about each theme. ], Ovid, Metamorphoses 4. A complete bibliography of the translations quoted on this page. Apulian Red Figure Vase Painting C4th B.C. ", Ovid, Heroides 16. The daughters of Atlas were the star-nymphe Pleaides and Hyades, and his son, the beautiful youth Hyas. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) : Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 5. He agreed to take the heavens upon his shoulders while Atlas fetched the apples. 80. [25][27], Atlas became associated with Northwest Africa over time. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : Hesiod, Astronomy Fragment 1 (trans. Returning with the apples he gave them to Eurystheus who made a present of them to Herakles. "The third of the treasuries [of Olympia contains wooden images] . : Aeschylus, Fragment 172 (from Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 11. Of course he does not reveal this ambition at all, but merely says that he is sorry for Atlas on account of his labour and would willingly share his burden with him. "Atlas did not shoulder the load of Olympus yet, when lovely, eye-catching Hyas was born. : "A wave-washed island [Ogygia], a wooded island in the navel of the seas. "Prometheus advised Herakles (Heracles) not to go after the apples himself, but rather to reelive Atlas of the celestial sphere and dispatch him. 11. [1.1] IAPETOS & KLYMENE (Hesiod Theogony 507, Hyginus Pref)[1.2] IAPETOS & ASIA (Apollodorus 1.8)[1.3] IAPETOS (Ovid Metamorphoses 4.627) 110 (trans. "[Okeanos (Oceanus) addresses the chained Titan Prometheus :] Now the whole earth cries aloud in lamentation . Many philosophers, including Aristotle, also viewed Atlantis as fiction. Poseidon and Zeus are carrying Taygete (Taygeta), daughter of Atlas, and her sister Alkyone (Alcyone). Fairbanks) (Greek rhetorician C3rd A.D.) : : Atlas was also the god who instructed mankind in the art of astronomy, a tool which was used by sailors in navigation and farmers in measuring the seasons. 491A) (trans. Taurus], and bears, the kind that are seen here. Atlas who holds the sky on his shoulders, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoitios (Menoetius) . Greek Lyric V) : 29 (trans. i. "These lands . Celestial globes were very important in navigation, when sailors used stars to determine their position at sea. "[9], The etymology of the name Atlas is uncertain. But Athene (Athena) retrieved them from him and took them back, for it was not permitted by diving law to locate them anywhere else. "[Depicted on the walls of the palace of Aeetes :] There iron Atlas stands in Oceanus, the wave swelling and breaking on his knees; but the god himself [Helios the Sun] on high hurries his shining steeds across the old man's body, and spreads light about the curving sky; behind with smaller wheel follows his sister [Selene the Moon] and the crowded Pleiades and the fires whose tresses are wet with dripping rain [the Hyades]. § 2.) It also harbors two moons, one being very close to the planet, causing frequent solar eclipses. Miller) (Roman tragedy C1st A.D.) : Theoi Project © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Aaron J. Atsma, Netherlands & New Zealand, (Hesiod Works & Days 383, Hesiod Astronomy Frag 1, Simonides Frag 555, Aeschylus Frag 172, Ovid Metamorphoses 6.169, Nonnus Dionysiaca 3.349), (Hyginus Fabulae 192, Hyginus Astronomica 2.21, Ovid Fasti 5.164), (Hyginus Fabulae 83, Ovid Metamorphoses 6.172). Atlas (trans. Heracles went to Atlas and offered to hold up the heavens while Atlas got the apples from his daughters.[19][20]. Thus Atlas is described as the leader of the Titans in their contest with Zeus, and, being conquered, he was condemned to the labour of bearing heaven on his head and hands. Here they say that Atlas [the grandfather of Hermes] sat and meditated deeply upon hell (haides) and heaven (ouranos), as Homer says of him:-- ‘Daughter of baneful Atlas, who knows the depths of every sea, while he himself holds up [or guards] the tall pillars, which keep apart earth and heaven.’", Suidas s.v. "The heaven that is to bear you [Herakles], yourself one bore; Hercules bent to the load of the stars when Atlas was their stay. [2] Later, he became commonly identified with the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa and was said to be the first King of Mauretania. . Furthermore, the name of Atlantis mentioned in Plato's Timaeus' dialogue derives from "Atlantis nesos" (Ancient Greek: Ἀτλαντὶς νῆσος), literally meaning "Atlas's Island. [1.1] IAPETOS & KLYMENE (Hesiod Theogony 507, Hyginus Pref) "Atlas : He of whom myth tells that he holds up earth and heaven. [3] Atlas was said to have been skilled in philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy. ‘Very well!’ he taunted, ‘If you rate my thanks so low, accept a gift!’ and turned his face away and on his left held out the loathsome head, Medusa's head. 1390 ff (trans. two Hesperides are carrying the apples, the keeping of which, legend says, had been entrusted to them. 27; Serv. : Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 2. [1.3] THE PLEIADES, THE HYADES, HYAS (by Pleione or Aethra) (Hyginus Fabulae 192, Hyginus Astronomica 2.21, Ovid Fasti 5.164) This was a late story invented to describe the origin of the heaven-bearing Atlas Mountains of North Africa. 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