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IAPETUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 215 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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IAPETUS  , in

Greek
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mythology, son of Uranus and Gaea, one of the Titans,
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father of
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Atlas,
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Prometheus, Epimetheus and Menoetius, the personifications of certain human qualities (
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Hesiod, Tlzeog . 507) . As a punishment for having revolted against
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Zeus, he was imprisoned in
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Tartarus (Homer, Iliad, viii . 479) or underneath the island of Inarime off the coast of
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Campania (Silius Italicus xii . 148) . Hyginus makes him the son of Tartarus and Gaea, and one of the giants . Iapetus was considered the
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original ancestor of the human
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race, as the father of Prometheus and grandfather of
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Deucalion . The name is probably identical with Japhet (Japheth), and the son of Noah in the Greek legend of the flood becomes the ancestor of (Noah) Deucalion . Iapetus as the representative of an obsolete order of things is described as warring against the new order under Zeus, and is naturally relegated to Tartarus . See F . G . Welcker, Griechische GOtterlehre, i .

(1857) ; C . H . Volcker,

Die Mythologie
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des Iapetischen Geschlechtes (1824) ; M . Mayer, Giganten and Titanen (1887) .

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