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Atlas: true mythology

Italiano: Statua romana di Atlante (sec II d.C...

Italiano: Statua romana di Atlante (sec II d.C.). Già nella Collezione Farnese, oggi al Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the power of myth is metaphor, let us invest a few minutes in the metaphor that the Atlas myth was intended to make. Refer to this Wikipedia article

Classical art shows Atlas holding the celestial spheres, not a globe

Zeus condemned Atlas to stand at the western edge of Gaia (the Earth) and hold up Uranus (the Sky) on his shoulders, to prevent the two from resuming their primordial embrace.

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