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Ladon, the dragon who guarded the garden of the Hesperides. Hercules shot Ladon with an arrow over the garden wall. Scene from Wrath of the Gods.


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.