A-Z: General definitions: Heracles and the Golden Apples of the Hesperides


The eleventh labour of Heracles. Eurystheus wanted the fabled Golden Apples of the Hesperides. These grew in a garden beyond the sunset, where Atlas held up the sky. Some sources say that Heracles took over Atlas' burden while Atlas fetched the fruit for Heracles: this is when Atlas missed his chance of release. Others say that Heracles picked the fruit himself, after killing Ladon, the giant snake on guard at the tree.

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Heracles; Eurystheus; Apples, Golden

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