The daughters of Night and Erebus, guarded a tree of golden apples given by Earth to Hera at her marriage. From the same tree came the apples thrown down by Hippomenēs (or Mēlanion) in his race against Atalanta. The garden of the Hesperides was popularly located beyond the Atlas mountains at the western border of the Ocean. Heracles succeeded in taking the apples after slaying Ladon, the dragon that also guarded the tree. The subject was popular in Greek art, esp. on painted pottery.
Subjects: Classical Studies.