Atlas Holds Up the World!!!

Sid back at ya with a post about a titan who… held up the sky 😮 😮 😮

Atlas is a titan from Greek mythology. He was the guy who led many other titans into battle against the greek gods for control of “heaven”. Atlas’ punishment for doing this was to hold up the world! The greek god Zeus did this because even though he won, the titans have to know that the gods are in charge and they want titans to submit to their commands and plans rather than have their own that would disrupt the way gods wanted life to be. You might be wondering what the difference is between gods and titans. Well, the gods were considered to be good and the titans were considered to be bad. The people are the ones who decided this for some reason because they are going to be the only ones believing in greek gods!  Atlas was the father of the Pleiades, the Hyades, and the Hesperides. The Hesperides were the guardians of a tree of golden apples that brought eternal life to whoever ate it. One day, a famous Greek hero, Perseus was passing by where Atlas was living. When Atlas denied hospitality to him, Perseus, showed Atlas the head of the Gorgon Medusa, which had the ability to turn anything into stone. The greeks believed this is the mountain range found in Northern Africa.

In my opinion the punishment that Atlas got was a good one. I think this because Atlas attacked the gods directly on their home turf. Atlas didn’t have to do this yet he still did! Atlas has done many other things like siding with Cronos, a greek titan, that was the archenemies to the greek gods. He has also almost killed sons and daughters of the gods, these are also known as demigods. Atlas has also always had a hate for the gods. Because of these reasons I believe that Atlas’ punishment was a fair one.

Cartwright, Mark. “Atlas.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2017. <http://www.ancient.eu/Atlas/&gt;.

“Atlas.” Atlas in Greek Mythology – Windows to the Universe. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2017. <http://www.windows2universe.org/mythology/atlas_greek.html&gt;.

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One thought on “Atlas Holds Up the World!!!

  1. While Atlas did have a harsh punishment, I agree it was fitting. Gods were responsible or running the world so it seems like a message from Zeus: “You want to control the world? Try balancing it with its good and evil, rich and poor, old and young, etc.”
    Remember to capitalize “Greek”!

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