Study Guide

Atlas Sightings

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Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

Ovid can't seem to get his story straight: first he says that Atlas was turned into stone by Perseus, but then he says that Atlas has a conflict with Perseus' great grandson, Heracles. Hmmm, something doesn't line up there.

Dec 20, 2019

Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto

This subversively funny Renaissance author turns Atlas into a mortal (be it, an enchanted one) in his epic romance poem. What do you think? How would Atlas fare as a mortal?

Dec 20, 1968

Hercules in New York

Back in his early 20s, Arnold Schwarzenegger took a turn as Hercules in this must-see (if only for the high levels of ridiculousness) action comedy.

Dec 20, 1990

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths

Atlas makes an appearance in the Muppet master's version of the tale of Perseus.

Dec 20, 1999

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys

Our unlucky Titan friend flexes his muscles quite a bit in this 90s-style TV series, which inspired the famous spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess. Making TV history one god at a time.

Dec 20, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan's Curse

In this installation of the Percy Jackson series, Atlas is the bad guy. Believe us, you don't want to mess with him.

Dec 20, 2019

God of War II

This video game veers away from Greek mythology by showing Atlas imprisoned in Tartarus where he's forced to hold up the earth instead of the sky. We guess accuracy isn't their main goal.

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