story of Atlas from Bulfinch's Mythology
"Of Atlas there is another story, which I like
better than the one told. He was one of the Titans who warred against Jupiter
like Typhoeus, Briareus, and others.
"After their defeat by the king of gods and
men, Atlas was condemned to stand in the far western part of the earth, by the
Pillars of Hercules, and to hold on his shoulders the weight of heaven and the
"The story runs that Perseus, flying by, asked and
obtained rest and food. The next morning he asked what he could do to reward
Atlas for his kindness. The best that giant could think of was that Perseus
should show him the snaky head of Medusa, that he might be turned to stone and
be at rest from his heavy load."
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