HESPERIDESAlso known as HESPERIDS
Three golden girls who guard the golden apples
These three NYMPHS, daughters of NYX and EREBUS, look after the very rare apple tree Golden Immortalitus, not to be confused with Golden Delicious. This shines with the golden radiance of a glorious sunset, which is why the HESPERIDES are also Sunset Goddesses.The Golden Apples were given to HERA as a wedding present by GAIA. Trouble-maker ERIS stole one, and to preserve the rest HERA planted them in a beautiful garden. A Golden Apple tree grew there, and along flounced some nymphs to nibble at the fruit.
Wagging a warning finger, HERA put a dragon called Ladon on guard duty. The nymphs took one look at his hundred slavering heads and turned over a new golden leaf. From that moment they devoted themselves to tending the tree. HERA tended not to trust them but Ladon was there to prevent any scrumping.
AEGLE does the shining, HESPERA does the watering (she was also known as Arethusa but took on an alternative name to avoid confusion with the well-known nymph), and ERYTHEIA pores over the best times for pruning and picking. HESTIA pops in from time to time to tend the flowerbeds.
The HESPERIDES are best of friends with ATLAS, who is a close neighbor. Some legends even claim he is their father by Hesperis. Other legends give ZEUS the credit, and one or two cynical folk claim the HESPERIDES are simply a flock of golden sheep.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HESPERIDS
Popularity index : 1961
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