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[[File: Atlas one.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Farense Atlas. 2nd century AD]]
There are many heroes and gods in the Greek myths, whose names we are familiar with, but we know extraordinarily little about their actual story. This is even though they may have played a particularly important role in Greek mythology and Classical culture. Many of us are familiar with the name Atlas and have a vague idea about his story and role. The fables about divinity are some of the most important in all Greek mythology and influenced culture, right down to the present day. The story of Atlas is a great example of the protean nature of myths and how they were used to explain and to rationalize the world.