Atlas was the son of Iapetus. Unlike his brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus, Atlas fought with the other Titans supporting Cronus against Zeus. Epimetheus could look in to the future and could tell that the young gods would overcome Cronus and his lame army. Due to Cronus's advance Atlas lead the unimportant titans in to battle the fought valiantly but lost in the end. He was singled out by Zeus for a special punishment and made to hold up the world or as some say the skies for all of eternity.