Hesperides, The, were in Greek mythology the guardians of the golden apples which Ge gave to Hera. They were, according to Hesiod, "daughters of the night," according to other accounts daughters of Atlas, or of Zeus and Themis, or Ceto and Phorcys. Their names also differ according to different legends, but those generally adopted are AEgle, Arethusa, and Hesperis. The garden containing the apples was in an island of the ocean near the Hyperborean Atlas. They were aided in their task of guardianship by the dragon Ladon. This dragon Hercules killed, and, having taken the apples, he gave them to Athene, who afterwards restored them to the sisters.