Friday, November 8, 2013
Some Mythology and Stuff
So while I was looking up apple facts for my UChicago application, I came across why Hercules had to hold up the sky. Hercule's eleventh labor was to retrieve the apple of the Hesperides, who were a triad of nymphs who tended a garden with immortality-granting apples. Because Atlas was the father of these nymphs, Hercules agree to hold the sky for a bit in exchange for Atlas getting an apple for him. After he got the apple, however, Atlas decided he didn't want to take the sky back. Hercules obviously didn't want to do this, so he asked Atlas to hold the sky for him while he scratched his chin, and Atlas actually did it so Hercules just left with the apple.