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Ἰαπετός). A son of Uranus and Gaea, and one of the Titans. According to the Theogony (v. 507 foll.), he married Clymené, a daughter of Oceanus, by whom he became the father of four sons, Atlas, Menoetius, Prometheus, and Epimetheus. Some authorities made him to have married Aethra, others Asia, others again Libya: the last two refer to the abodes of Prometheus and Atlas. He was thrown into Tartarus for rebelling against Zeus. (See Hom. Il. viii. 479, and the article Titanes.) The Greeks regarded him as the ancestor of the human race. (See Prometheus.) His descendants are often designated as Iapetidae and Iapetionidae.

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