Now Iapetus took to wife the neat-ankled maid Clymene, daughter of Ocean, and went up with her into one bed. And she bare him a stout-hearted son, Atlas: also she bare very glorious Menoetius and clever Prometheus, full of various wiles, and scatter-brained Epimetheus.
In contexts where a Titan and a Titaness are assigned each of the seven planetary powers, Atlas is paired with Phoebe and governs the moon. Hyginus emphasises the primordial nature of Atlas by making him the son of Aether and Gaia.
- Atlas was a Titan, related to the Titan Chronos, the original king of the universe. After the war between the Titans and the Olympian gods, Atlas was punished by Zeus to hold up the sky over the Earth. It's commonly mistaken that the globe Atlas is holding is the Earth, which, as stated before, it is not.
- The first part of the term Atlantic Ocean refers to "Sea of Atlas", the term Atlantis refers to "Island of Atlas".