A Titan in ancient mythology who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders.
In Greek mythology, one of the Titans who revolted against the gods; as a punishment, he was compelled to support the heavens on his head and shoulders. Growing weary, he asked Perseus to turn him into stone, and he was transformed into Mount Atlas.
Recueil de cartes géographiques.
Sinonimi: book of maps | map collection | telamon | atlas vertebra
1. A collection of maps in book form; SYN. book of maps, map collection.
Book of maps. The atlas was introduced in the 16th century by Mercator, who began work on it 1585; it was completed by his son 1594. Early atlases had a frontispiece showing Atlas supporting the globe.
2. A figure of a man used as a supporting column; SYN. telamon.
3. The 1st cervical vertebra; SYN. atlas vertebra.