This name derives from the greek “Átlas (Ἄτλας)”, meaning “not enduring”. The name is composed of two elements: “a-” (not) plus “tláo̱ (τλάω)” (enduring, to endure, hold out, be patient, submit). In Greek mythology, Atlas was the primordial Titan who held up the celestial sphere. He is also the titan of astronomy and navigation. Although associated with various places, he became commonly identified with the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa (Modern-day Morocco and Algeria). Atlas was the son of the Titan Iapetus and the Oceanid Asia.
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