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After Eurystheus received the cattle of Geryon he imposed to Hercules the 11th labor which is more grave than those which we told before For he Eurystheus ordered him to bring back the apples from the garden of Hesperides Hesperides however were the most beautiful nymphs who lived in a remote land to whom certain golden apples had been entrusted by Juno Many people led by their desire of gold had previously tried to carry away these apples The thing was most difficult however for the garden I which they were was surrounded from all sides by a tall wall Furthermore a certain dragon who had a hundred heads was guarding the gate of the garden diligently And so the work which Eurystheus ordered to Hercules was of highest difficulty because Hercules was ignorant where the garden was Hercules decided to obey Eurystheus and as soon as he received his Eurystheus order he set out He asked from many merchants where the Hesperidies were living nevertheless he was able to find nothing certain In vain he made a journey through many lands and underwent many dangers Finally with an entire year in this journey consumed to the farthest part of the whole world which was close to the Ocean he came There was standing a certain man by the name Atlas a man of great strength who was sustaining the sky on his shoulders on order that it might not fall onto the land Hercules greatly admired so much strength With the cause of the journey shown he asked help from him Atlas Atlas however was able to help Hercules most greatly for he himself was the father of Hesperides and so he knew where the garden was And so after he heard why Hercules had come I myself he said Will go to the garden and persuade my daughters in order that they may voluntarily hand down the apples With this heard Hercules
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