Greek Mythos Series 6 : Atlas


Now you’ve heard of the old saying, “the weight of the world upon thy shoulders.” Alluding to the mental burdens, troubles, dilemmas, and the like of epic proportions one tends to carry around him.

This saying is appropriately borrowed from the Greek tale of Atlas, a giant that was forced to hold up the planet Earth on his shoulders for all eternity. Now that’s one hell of a punishment, he really must have pissed off the gods. He did make one attempt to escape the “prison” when the fabled hero Hercules came and asked him for help in finding some golden apples. Atlas agreed, on condition that Herc take his place temporarily while he goes to pick up the apples. Then after he succeeds he has the audacity to tell Herc to stay with the giant rock; the hero agrees but then asks to just hold up the rock for a sec so he can put on some shoulder pads. Well as soon as Atlas takes back the rock the sneaky Herc grabs the apple and takes off, never to return. Pwned!
Well as the story goes Atlas eventually meets a grim end at the hand of Perseus when he shows the giant the head of Medusa he had just slain, and poor Atlas turns to stone. And that is how the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Tunisia was born long long ago. ( erm, not sure if that’s really what the story was based on, but there IS an Atlas Mountains, Google it and see).

Published by theartistaslisalee

Lisa Lee is an artist and writer based in Southern California. She was educated at Cal State University Long Beach where she received her BFA in Illustration, and originally focused her career goal in animation and/or comic books. After eight years freelancing on various projects from web graphics to concept art she now devotes full time to painting and drawing as well as writing and producing graphic novels. She combines her past experiences in animation and graphic art with the elements of modern masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Much of her style revolves around Expressionism and Pop Art, and she treats each piece independently of one another; in short, she uses different styles and techniques for different subject matters. Her interests spans a wide array, from social and political issues, popular culture, movies, history, mythology, and her own personal experiences. She tends to shift back and forth between the light and the dark side; her work will often reflect her mood. When not associating herself with art Lisa enjoys movies, listening to music, driving around aimlessly, and occasionally dabbles on weird hobbies such as cooking, jewelrymaking, and picking weeds.

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