golden apples of the Hesperides

golden apples of the Hesperides

a wedding gift to Hera; Hercules stole some in the course of his labors. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 451]
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Compare, for example, the dragon-guarded golden fleece with the dragon-guarded golden apples of the Hesperides (the eleventh labor of Hercules); the beautiful young princess who aids her father's enemy and is eventually cast aside (as was Ariadne by Theseus); the journey to Aeaea, the island of Circe (Odysseus); a kingdom usurped (Hercules) and regained with a vengeance (Odysseus).