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Atlantean Shoulders

Shoulders able to bear a great weight, like those of Atlas, which, according to heathen mythology, supported the whole world.

Sage he stood,
With Atlantean shoulders fit to bear
The weight of mightiest monarchies.

Milton: Paradise Lost, book ii. 305–7.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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