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Pausanias, Descrition of Greece 5.18.4

Atlas too is supporting, just as the story has it, heaven and earth upon his shoulders; he is also carrying the apples of the Hesperides. A man holding a sword is coming towards Atlas. This everybody can see is Heracles, though he is not mentioned specially in the inscription, which reads:—“Here is Atlas holding heaven, but he will let go the apples.  Greek Text

Pausanias, Descrition of Greece 6.19.8

It shows the heavens upheld by Atlas, and also Heracles and the apple-tree of the Hesperides, with the snake coiled round the apple-tree. These too are of cedar-wood, and are works of Theocles, son of Hegylus. The inscription on the heavens says that his son helped him to make it.  Greek Text

Bern Private Collection.  Herakles and Atlas.

Basel, Private Collection.  Herakles and Atlas.

Olympia, Museum B4836. Herakles and Atlas. 

Athens National Museum 1132.  Attic lekythos by the Athena Painter.  Herakles and Atlas.


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Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, November, 2017

Literary sources edited By Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Langages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, April 2022

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