Atlas of Mauretania

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Atlas was a legendary king of Mauretania, the land of the Mauri in antiquity roughly corresponding with modern Maghreb.

King Atlas was said to have been skilled in philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy. In antiquity, he was credited with inventing the first celestial globe. In some medieval texts, he is even credited with the invention of astronomy itself.[1]

Atlas refused Perseus hospitality after the hero had killed Medusa, and the hero turned him to stone.[2]

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  1. ^ For example, in the Annales Cambriae (B Text).
  2. ^ William Godwin (1876). "Lives of the Necromancers". p. 39.