Atlas is the giant god who holds the entire sky on his back. No big deal. This guy is part of the second generation of Titans, the gods that ruled before the Olympians. Here's how things went down for him: When Zeus led a rebellion against his father Kronos, the king of the Titans, Atlas stuck with Kronos and did his best to help keep the upstart Olympians in their place. This famous conflict, known as the War of the Titans, didn't work out so well for Kronos, Atlas, and their buddies. Zeus and the Olympians ended up kicking some titanic booty, and most of the Titans were thrown into the black pit of Tartarus. But Atlas, lucky Titan that he is, got an extra-special punishment. And let's just say he has had a weight on his shoulders ever since.
|Nickname||He-Man, The Mighty A|
|Sex||Male (and manly male at that)|
|Current city||The western edge of the world|
Holding up the sky on my back. NBD.
|Education||Kronos' School for Giants|
|Political views||Kronos for king|
|Parents||Iapetos and Klymene (aka Asia)|
|Children||The Pleiades (nymphs)|
The Hyades (also nymphs)
The Hesperides (more nymphs)
|Relationship status||Married to Pleione (aka Aethra), Fling with Hesperis|
|Quotations||"Life's heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry."|
"When it is darkest, men see the stars."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The bluebird carries the sky on its back."
– Henry David Thoreau
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking in the stars."
– Oscar Wilde
"The sky isn't falling."
– Thomas Leonard
|Books||Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand|
The Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
"I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)" by William Wordsworth
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Oxford Atlas of the World
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
"Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
"When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman
|Music||Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones|
Fixed by Stars
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Terra Incognita by Atlas Sound
Atlas by Battles
Down by Jay Sean
Stars by Hum
Double Rainbow Song
Yellow by Coldplay
What a Wonderful World performed by Louis Armstrong (though I'm not sure I buy it)
The Last Starfighter
Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops
The Gods Must Be Crazy