The dragon, who was believed to guard the apples of the Hesperides. He is said to have been able to assume various tones of voice, and to have been the offspring of Typhon and Echidna; but he is also called a son of Gaea, or of Phorcys and Ceto.

He had been appointed to watch in the gardens of the Hesperides by Hera, and never slept; but he was slain by Heracles; and the image of the fight was placed by Zeus among the stars.



  • Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica iv, 1396.
  • Hesiod. Theogony, 333.
  • Hyginus. Poetical Astronomy ii, 6.
  • Servius on Virgil's Aeneid iv, 484.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.