Definition of Iapetus

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) the Titan who was father of Atlas and Epimetheus and Prometheus in ancient mythology.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Titan

Definition of Iapetus

1. Proper noun. (Greek god) A Titan, the son of Uranus and Gaia, and father of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius. ¹

2. Proper noun. (astronomy) The third largest moon of Saturn ¹

3. Proper noun. (geology) An ancient ocean which existed between 600 and 400 million years ago. ¹

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Literary usage of Iapetus

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1. The Planetary System: A Study of Its Structure and Growth by Frank Bursley Taylor (1903)
"iapetus is about 2225,- ooo miles from Saturn and the distance of the new satellite is ... The greater eccentricities of Titan and iapetus and especially of ..."

2. A History of Greece by George Grote (1849)
"Of these, Atlas alone is mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey, and even he not as the son of iapetus : the latter himself is named in the Iliad as existing in ..."

3. The Works of Virgil by Virgil (1891)
"Shun the fifth : [on this] pale Pluto" and the Furies were born. Then at an unholy birth the earth brought forth Coeus," iapetus, and savage ..."

4. The Works of Sir Walter Ralegh, Kt by Walter Raleigh, William Oldys, Thomas Birch (1829)
"iapetus (as the poets fable) was the son of Heaven and Earth, ... iapetus begat Prometheus and Epimetheus; of whom all men have read that have read poets. ..."

5. The Universal Anthology: A Collection of the Best Literature, Ancient by Léon Vallée, Richard Garnett, Alois Brandl (1899)
"And fire he hid, which indeed the good son of iapetus stole back for mankind from ... Him then cloud-compelling Jove addressed in wrath: " O son of iapetus, ..."

6. Chronicles of Eri: Being the History of the Gaal Sciot Iber: Or, the Irish by Roger O'Connor (1822)
"... and committed the government of Ammonia to his brother iapetus, and the administration of Egypt to his brother Danaus, steered his course northward, ..."

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