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Apples of the Hesperides (Hesperides means “daughters of Evening” ) – another example of anthropomorphism, with Evening being given human qualities such as the ability of childbirth. The daughters of Evening lived on an island in the river Ocean that flows around the earth. No one knew where this island was. Heracles was sent to get from the Hesperides the golden apples, which had been a wedding gift to Hera. In the middle of the garden of the Hesperides was the tree with the golden apples. Heracles didn’t know exactly where the island was, so he went to the furthest west that he could get to by land – northwest Africa. He stopped once he came upon the river Ocean. He did not see the island, but there he found Atlas , one of the Titans who was not sent down to Tartarus, but instead was sent to the corner of the earth to hold the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. ( note it’s the weight of the heavens, not weight of the earth as commonly portrayed ). Atlas is a defeated, inferior god, but still superior to humans. Heracles asked Atlas if he knew where the island was, to which Atlas replied, of course, because I am the father of the Hesperides (Atlas & Evening). He said he would go to the island and that the daughters would give him, their father, the apples. So Atlas transferred the weight of the heavens onto the shoulders of Heracles. This marks the first time that a
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