Hesperides in Greek mythology, were daughters of Atlas and Hesperis, and are mentioned as being from three to seven in number. When Juno married Jupiter, all the gods brought presents. Earth brought forth a tree, on which grew golden apples. Juno commanded the sisters, Hesperides, to guard them. But the latter helped themselves to the apples. She therefore sent a son of Typhon and Echidna, the frightful, never sleeping, hundred-headed dragon Ladon, to the tree, who scared everything away that approached. Hercules was sent there to get three apples out of the garden for Eurystheus. According to Diodorus, the Hesperides were daughters of Atlas, seized by Busiris, and liberated by Hercules, wherefore the latter received the desired Mela (apples) from their father voluntarily.

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