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The name "Atlas", as applied to a person, real or fictional, could refer to a (potentially large) number of beings.
Ultimately, in almost all usages, "Atlas" originates with the fictional Titan, "Altas", from ancient/classical Greek mythology. Nearly every derived use of the word can be traced back to this root.
Atlas was one of the Titans, one of several types of deity present in ancient/classical Greek mythology (most of whom were biologically related to one another, in some way).
As one result of the complex interactions (including conflicts) among the various deities of the greek mythological pantheon, Atlas was condemned, by Zeus, to stand at the western edge of Gaia, the Earth and hold up Ouranos, the Sky on his shoulders, to prevent the two from resuming their primordial embrace.
there are various, & often conflicting biographies of the Titan Atlas, events in his "life", & matters relating to him.
there are also instances of the name "Atlas" in greek mythology (& classical greco-roman mythological history), some of which may or may not refer to the same being, & some of which clearly do not.
"Atlas", as a word derived from the name of the mythological Titan, occurs in many usages.
aside from its use as a common noun referring to "a book of maps", "Atlas" is used as a proper name, or part of a proper name, for many things.
As a name for a person or being, there are an extremely large number of instances of use of the name "Atlas". This includes both fiction & non-fictional beings.
for a more complete (but not comprehensive) list of uses of "Atlas", please see the english wikipedia disambiguation page for "Atlas".
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