orange or golden apple?

June 16, 2009

10orangepeelerthe orange as “the golden apple” in the story of hercules and atlas.

the story goes in order to become immortal hercules had to perform certain tasks for eurystheus, the king of mycenae. hurcules eleventh task was to steal the golden apples from the hesperides, the four virgin daughters of atlas who were responsible for safeguarding the garden containing the golden apples. the hesperides were helped in their duty by ladon, a hundred-headed dragon. it is said hercules tricked atlas into stealing the the golden apples for him by offering to hold the world in exchange. today the fruit of the orange is referred to as a hesperidium.

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