Hesperides

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Hesperides

(hĕspĕr`ĭdēz), in Greek mythology, daughters of Atlas. They lived in a fabulous garden located at the western extremity of the world. There they guarded (with the aid of the dragon Ladon) a tree that bore golden apples. Hercules killed the dragon and obtained the apples as one of his 12 labors.
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If the dominant mood of the Arcadian is one of yearning, and that of the Millenarian one of acquiescence, the Hesperidean shares with the utopian an essentially optimistic, humanist perspective.
An intriguing variant on the Hesperidean theme is found in cultures believing that the world they currently inhabit is an ideal one.
More conventionally though, the inspirational force of the Hesperidean idea has been rooted in the conviction that somewhere exists that is better and can, with effort, luck, or divine guidance, be found.