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Hesperides  (hes-PER-i-deez)

The Hesperides, or Daughters of Evening, were nymphs assigned by the goddess Hera to guard certain apples which she had received as a wedding present. These were kept in a grove surrounded by a high wall and guarded by a dragon named Ladon, whose many heads spoke simultaneously in a babel of tongues. The grove was located in some far western land in the mountains named for Atlas. Heracles retrieved the apples as one of his Labors.
Hercules shot Ladon with an arrow over the garden wall. (zoom)