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Hesperides \Hes*per"i*des\, n. pl. [L., fr. Gr. ?.]

  1. (Class. Myth.) The daughters of Hesperus, or Night (brother of Atlas), and fabled possessors of a garden producing golden apples, in Africa, at the western extremity of the known world. To slay the guarding dragon and get some of these apples was one of the labors of Hercules. Called also Atlantides.

  2. The garden producing the golden apples.

    It not love a Hercules, Still climbing trees in the Hesperides?


In Greek mythology, the Hesperides (; ) are the nymphs of evening and golden light of sunset, who were the "Daughters of the Evening" or "Nymphs of the West". They tend a blissful garden in a far western corner of the world, located near the Atlas mountains in North Africa at the edge of the encircling Oceanus, the world-ocean.

According to the Sicilian Greek poet Stesichorus, in his poem the "Song of Geryon", and the Greek geographer Strabo, in his book Geographika (volume III), the garden of the Hesperides is located in Tartessos, a location placed in the south of the Iberian peninsula.

By Ancient Roman times, the garden of the Hesperides had lost its archaic place in religion and had dwindled to a poetic convention, in which form it was revived in Renaissance poetry, to refer both to the garden and to the nymphs that dwelt there.

Hesperides (poetry)

'Hesperides ' is a book of poetry published in 1648 by English Cavalier poet Robert Herrick. This collection of 1200 of his lyrical poems, his magnum opus was published under his direction, establishing his reputation. It is replete with carpe diem sentiments. The title refers to the Hesperides , nymphs of the evening in Greek mythology. ''Hesperides ''includes " To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", which features the famous lines:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, To-morrow will be dying.

It also includes "Corinna's Going a-Maying"., which includes the lines:

Come, let us goe, while we are in our prime; And take the harmlesse follie of the time. We shall grow old apace, and die Before we know our liberty. Our life is short; and our dayes run As fast away as do's the Sunne: And as a vapour, or a drop of raine Once lost, can ne'r be found againe.
Hesperides (disambiguation)

Hesperides are nymphs who tend a blissful garden in a far western corner of the world in Greek mythology.

Hesperides may also refer to:

  • Hesperides, Libya
  • Hesperides (poetry), a collection of poetry written by Robert Herrick
  • BIO Hesperides, a Spanish polar research vessel

Usage examples of "hesperides".

We went out all three together, and a gondola carried us in a few minutes to the place where I was guarding a treasure more precious than the golden apples of the Hesperides.

The Golden Apples of the Hesperides were guarded by a hydra-headed deathless dragon.

Whereby, and sundry other circumstances not here to be remembered, I am persuaded that, albeit the gardens of the Hesperides were in times past so greatly accounted of, because of their delicacy, yet, if it were possible to have such an equal judge as by certain knowledge of both were able to pronounce upon them, I doubt not but he would give the prize unto the gardens of our days, and generally over all Europe, in comparison of those times wherein the old exceeded.

Hephaestus (see also Vulcan), 9 Hera (see also Juno), 9 Heracles (see also Hercules), 9 Heraclitus, 506 Herakleon, 592 Hercules, 9, 427, 435, 521, 552, 603 babyhood of, 441 birth of, 70 death of, 380 Juno and, 24 labors of, 58, 187, 237, 437, 621 madness of, 380 Mark Antony and, 333, 375 Nestor and, 122 Theseus and, 56 Troy and, 103, 122 Hermaphrodite, 10 Hermaphroditus, 10 Hermes (see also Mercury), 9 Aphrodite and, 10 Hermia, 19 Hermione, 151 Hero (legend), 49, 466, 571 Hero (Much Ado About Nothing), 546 Hero and Leander, 571 Herod, 325, 329, 356, 366 Herod Agrippa I, 603 Herostratus, 195 Herschel, William, 28, 655 Hesiod, 13, 19, 563 Hesione, 103, 122, 531 Hesperides, 187, 438 Hesperus, 187, 602 Hestia (see also Vesta), 9 Hippolyta, 18, 56, 582 death of, 51 Hippolytus, 18 Hippomenes, 568 Hirtius, 335 History of Rome, 204 History of Travel, 659 Hitler, Adolf, 277, 357 Hobgoblin, 29 Hohenheim, Theophrastus von, 602 Holland, Philemon, 618 Holofernes (Biblical), 433 Holofernes (Love's Labor's Lost), 433 Holy .

Just last week some of the Muses got into a tussle with the Hesperides.

With favoring winds it is wafted past the site of the fabulous islands of Atlantis and the Hesperides, makes the periplus of Hanno, and, floating by Ternate and Tidore and the mouth of the Persian Gulf, melts in the tropic gales of the Indian seas, and is landed in ports of which Alexander only heard the names.