Atlas is the son of the Titans Iapetus and Clymene, two of the twelve Titans. The battle Atlas led against Zeus took ten years after which Atlas was punished with holding up the heavens while the other Titans were consigned to Tartarus.
In Roman mythology, Atlas had a wife, the nymph Pleione, who bore the Pleiades and the Hyades. He also was the father of the Hesperides, whose mother was Hesperis. One story of Atlas regards punishment for his inhospitality: Perseus showed him the Gorgon Medusa's head, which turned Atlas to stone.
Hercules was sent to get the apple of the Herperides who were Atlas' daughters. Atlas agreed to get the apples if Hercules would hold the heavens for him. Story show a wily Hercules.
By Carlos Parada. Atlas is best known for bearing on his shoulders the pillars which keep earth and heaven apart as punishment for having been the leader of the Titans during their war against the Olympians during the Titanomachy. Site shows genealogy, major stories, and sources.