Independent Research Project: Atlas: Ancient Greek Mythology

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Grandin Kolp
Bennett - ADV ELA (2nd Period)
Greek Mythology Independent Research Project: Atlas
Ancient Greek gods like Zeus, Hestia, and Hera seem to have emerged out of the blue. Unsurprisingly, they too were given birth by another "generation" or form. The beings that gave birth to the gods and goddesses are called Titans. One of the, if not the most robust Titan, is Atlas. He is the lead Titan in their Titanomachy, or the Titans' war against the gods for control of the heavens. Since he was defeated in the Titanomachy, Zeus then punished him with holding up the sky for eternity. This is where the bulk of his fame arose from. In light of this, Atlas was an immeasurable bearded man who was slightly bent from the pain and weight of the heavens constantly oppressing him. It has also been said that Atlas has high endurance as well as high intelligence, as he is the supposed creator of astronomy. Atlas does not have much infirmity; nevertheless, he was gullible. As aforementioned, his gullibility and strength subduedly shine …show more content…

This myth is all about how Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, shows a glint of Medusa’s eyes at Atlas turning him to stone and forever killing him. Starting from the inception of this myth, Perseus walked to the end of the earth carrying Medusa’s slain head. When he reached the end of the earth, he stumbled across Atlas and asked him to let him rest in his shade. Atlas refused to let Perseus rest because of an old tale. This tale was all about how people would take advantage of him and his properties. This is when Perseus angrily made the decision to flash Medusa’s decapitated head at Altas. Atlas took a gaze at Medusa’s eyes and was instantaneously transformed into the Atlas Mountain range, located in modern northern Africa. This not only shows how ancient Greece affects modern-day mid-western culture, but it also makes a connection to Atlas and his

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