Atlas (Ἄτλας), in Greek Mythology, is a Titan. He is the son of Iapetus and Themis and is the brother of Prometheus, Epimetheus and Menoetius.
In the early days of creation, Uranos and Gaia generate some monsters, including the Cyclopes and Titans. Then come the gods, Cronus, and especially Zeus who wants to reign in undisputed master. A war takes place between him and his father Cronus himself brother of the Titans. The universe fails to be destroyed, but the order Jovian finally triumph, and the Titans are shackled and buried alive in the bowels of the Earth. Atlas knows a particular fate: he is responsible for bearing forever on his back the sky. Sometimes he gets a visit: in his quest of golden apples, Heracles agrees to take, for a time, his burden. But when Atlas returned with the fruits, he excuses the need of a cushion to ease him to bear his heavy burden, because Atlas did not want to take it back.